FLUSHABLE VEHICLE SPITTOON

DAN L. FAIN
Patent No. 4,989,275

Patented February 05, 1991

CLAIM:

1. In combination with a motor vehicle including a passenger compartment having a stationary component therein, a flushing liquid reservoir, a flushable spittoon, said spittoon including an upwardly opening receptacle incorporating a lower closure structure defining a gravity-type drain outlet opening therethrough toward which at least major portions of the upper surface of said lower closure structure are downwardly inclined, said receptacle and component including coacting support means supporting said receptacle in predetermined stationary position from said component within said compartment for ready manual release of said receptacle from said component and also subsequent ready re-support of said receptacle from said component through usage of single arms and hand movements independent of the use of tools, a flexible tubular drain line having one end operatively connected to said drain outlet for receiving liquid draining from said receptacle through said outlet, and flushing liquid delivery means operatively associated with said receptacle and reservoir for selectively pressure discharging flushing liquid from said reservoir into said receptacle, said coacting support means and flexible tubular drain line enabling single handed manual release of said receptacle from said component, manual displacement of the receptacle from an area adjacent said component to an area adjacent the head of the operator of the vehicle and subsequent manual return of the receptacle to said area adjacent said component and re-support of said receptacle from said component without requiring direct vision on the part of the operator of the vehicle.

2. The motor vehicle and spittoon combination of claim 1 wherein said flushing liquid reservoir includes a windshield washing fluid reservoir and said vehicle includes a windshield and spray jet means for spray discharging washing liquid on said windshield, said liquid delivery means incorporating selectively operable pump means operatively associated with said spray jet means and receptacle for simultaneously supplying washer liquid under pressure from said reservoir to said spray jet means and receptacle.

3. The motor vehicle and spittoon combination of claim 1 wherein said flushing liquid reservoir includes a windshield washing fluid reservoir and said vehicle includes a windshield and spray jet means for spray discharging washing liquid on said windshield, said liquid delivery means incorporating selectively operable pump means operatively associated with said spray jet means and receptacle for simultaneously supplying washer liquid under pressure from said reservoir to said spray jet means and receptacle.

4. The combination of claim 3 wherein said first and second pump means each comprise electric motor driven pumps.

5. The combination of claim 3 wherein said first pump means comprises an electric driven motor pump and said second pump means comprises a manually operable pump.

6. The motor vehicle and spittoon combination of claim 1 wherein said flushing liquid delivery means includes means operative to pressure discharge liquid from said reservoir only into said receptacle.

7. The motor vehicle and spittoon combination of claim 1 wherein said flushing liquid delivery means includes a downwardly directed spray jet stationarily mounted relative to said vehicle and said coacting support means includes means operative to removably support said receptacle from said vehicle beneath and in vertical registry with said downwardly directed spray jet.

8. The combination of claim 7 wherein said coacting support means includes means operative to removably support said receptacle in said vehicle in at least slightly vertically shifted positions relative to said vehicle.

9. The combination of claim 8 wherein said coacting support means includes a first form of thistle-type fastener pad supported from said vehicle and a second form of thistle-type fastener pad supported from said receptacle, said first and second types of pads being removably engagable with each other.

10. The motor vehicle and spittoon combination of claim 1 wherein said flushing liquid delivery means includes means for discharging a single spray of flushing liquid into said receptacle.

11. The motor vehicle and spittoon combination of claim 1 wherein said flushing liquid delivery means includes means operative to spray discharge a plurality of jets of flushing liquid into said receptacle.