Patent Number: 6,332,261

Title: Process for the attachment of a mounting rail as well as a connecting device for a mounting rail

Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for the attachment of a mounting rail, as well as to a connecting device for a mounting rail. In the process for the attachment of a mounting rail to a rod which is, if necessary, at least partially premounted, of a folding top for a motor vehicle, particularly for a convertible, a tubular connecting element (7, 7), which has at least one stopping surface (stopping surface [11]), is inserted through a hole (5) in the mounting rail (3). The tubular connecting element (7, 7') is inserted through an additional hole (25) in the rod (23) and secured in its position, and the mounting rail (3) is moved forward up to a predetermined position on the rod (23), whereby the tubular connecting element (7, 7') is plastically deformed and a connection between the rod and the mounting rail is brought about. The connecting device in accordance with the invention comprises a tubular connecting element (7, 7'), which extends both through a hole (5) in the mounting rail (3) as well as through a hole (25) in the rod (23) and is, during the production of the connection point (40), least partially plastically deformed.

Inventors: MacFarland; David (Unterschleissheim, DE)

Assignee: Dura Convertible Systems GmbH

International Classification: B21K 25/00 (20060101); B21D 39/00 (20060101); B21D 39/06 (20060101); B23P 11/00 (20060101); B21J 15/36 (20060101); B21J 15/00 (20060101); B21J 15/02 (20060101); F16B 17/00 (20060101); B23P 011/00 ()

Expiration Date: 12/25/2018