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Flushable Vehichle Spittoon
May 2009
Wacky Patent


U.S. Patent Number: 4,989,275

Dan L. Fain



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An upwardly opening receptacle is provided including lower closure structure defining a central gravity flow outlet. A flexible drain tube includes an inlet end operatively associated with the outlet for receiving liquid therefrom and an outlet end. Structure is provided for removably mounting the receptacle in stationary position within a motor vehicle and the outlet end of the drain tube is routed through the vehicle body portion for discharging liquid drained from the receptacle onto the ground beneath the vehicle. A spray jet is operatively associated with the vehicle for discharging a spray discharge of flushing liquid into the receptacle and liquid delivery structure is operatively associated with the spray jet for supplying liquid thereto under pressure from a liquid reservoir supported from the vehicle. In a first form of the invention the liquid reservoir comprises a conventional windshield washing liquid reservoir and a second form of the invention incorporates a separate flushing liquid resevoir for the recaptacle, only. In addition, the liquid delivery structure may incorporate either an electrically driven pump or a manually operable pump for pumping liquid from the associate resevoir to the receptacle.