Patent No. 4,598,940
Combined Latch And Hinge For Vehicle Covers
Issued: July 8, 1986
Inventor: Philip M. DeGroat, Endicott, N.Y.
Assignee: Tip Your Cap, Inc., Owego, N.Y.
A combined hinge and latch mechanism for vehicle tops or "caps", which allows the cap to be lifted from either side. The mechanism has two parts, a plate which mounts to the truck or other vehicle bed and a latch, comprising a rod having handle and semicircular parts, and a pivot point, which mounts to the vehicle cap. Rotation of the rod engages and disengages with the plate to latch and unlatch the mechanism. When latched the two elements may be pivoted on each other providing a hinge.
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