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Jeep Mounted Odograph

Post by NormD » Wed Jan 05, 2005 12:34 pm

Has anyone else ever heard of or seen or does someone have an odograph made specifically for the Jeep. I have a picture of one (attached). It is map making device that actually plots the road traveled by the Jeep. This would certainly be a neat addition to a jeep if you could find one.

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Post by John » Wed Jan 05, 2005 1:00 pm

Norm-How does that thing work? I can see it measuring travelled distance, but how does it know where the jeep is co-ordinate wise?

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Post by Eddie Guffee » Wed Jan 05, 2005 1:04 pm

Norman, very intresting. I never heard of such an instrument, but may be of special intrest to me. I have a feature on the rear floor of my jeep that I can't identify.
Would you please go to the search feature at the top of any page of g503. Type in guffee's, this will bring you to Eddie Guffee's Jeep. Follow the thread to the 17th. photo of the rearfloor of my jeep. Between the two brackets pictured, the floor had a large number of small dents. Note the unit on the floor in your photograph. Could these dents
be form the same thing?
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Post by JAB » Wed Jan 05, 2005 1:39 pm

John wrote:Norm-How does that thing work? I can see it measuring travelled distance, but how does it know where the jeep is co-ordinate wise?

John
I saw an article on that in one of my Grandfathers Popular Mechanics (or similar) magizine from the war years. I'll try to find it & do a "book report" but from what I remember it uses a compas & altimeter & the vehicle odometer to "draw" where you are going from a known starting point. I think it was used to make maps for future use. I'll see if I can dig it up sometime this week.
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Post by faabala » Wed Jan 05, 2005 1:40 pm

There was one on ebay a while back. Here is the link, but the photos are gone.

http://tinyurl.com/5lhu8
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Post by NormD » Wed Jan 05, 2005 1:43 pm

Jeff,

Thanks for the explanation, because I didn't know how it worked. I only assumed it had to involve a compass.
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Post by lindyp38 » Wed Jan 05, 2005 3:13 pm

ITS AN ODOGRAPH....

IT SMELLS ITS WAY AROUND..LIKE A BLOOD HOUND...LOL

JUST KIDDING....

NORM...U HAVE NO MORE ROOM ON VADA FOR SUCH A CONTRAPTION..LOL

.....JUST USE UR COMPASS...AND KEEP UR CELL FONE IN UR POCKET....

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Post by ElwoodJayBlues » Wed Jan 05, 2005 3:53 pm

Hmm... odograph...

Why didn´t they use a GPS? :wink:

Just kidding...

That would be a very cool addition!!


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Post by Mark Tombleson » Wed Jan 05, 2005 4:19 pm

I did a small bit of research on this topic some time ago.

http://www.g503.com/forums/viewtopic.ph ... t=odograph

Neither of the two links work anymore... complain to the management. Hehe, I would have complained to Ron F. if this had come up earlier in the day whan I was talking to him. :roll:

My memory is poor, but I do seem to remember I found a shop that had the manual and provided the information to Eagle in Europe.
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Post by NormD » Wed Jan 05, 2005 4:51 pm

Hi Mark,

I remember your earlier discussion on this topic. I had the picture of the unit at that time but I was a neophyt when it came to copying, scanning, or transmitting pictures so I remained silent on the topic. Today I ran across the photo again and thought it would be a neat thing to put out onto the G503 site. Generate some discussion, so to speak.
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Post by tvland » Wed Jan 05, 2005 4:56 pm

plenty of info on the web, the chinese had one thousands of yrs ago,plotting movements on a wheeled vehicl is both wheels are monitered and which ever one moves further or less is recorded on a timely basis and you can then determine the degree of change of heading line, a jeep odograph would be very cool to have here isa complete picture of one
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http://64.233.167.104/search?q=cache:yP ... 0target=nw

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Post by NormD » Wed Jan 05, 2005 9:22 pm

Hi TVLand,

That is a really nice picture. Is that a official photo graph to illustrate the layout and installation or simply a sales picture?
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Post by PC52 » Wed Jan 05, 2005 10:20 pm

Back in the mid 70's, there were a quite a number of odographs sold here on the East coast. They were regarded as a kind of frivolous curiosity, we used to joke about them. A number were bought by members of the old North Jersey Chapter, of the NMVCA, the forerunner of today's MVPA. Knowing those guys, I'll bet some of them still have their odographs salted away. They came in a big heavy crate, and were made by Honeywell, Sperry, or Pitney-Bowes, or some company like that. Gyroscopically- based, they used to trace out your travels on a roll of paper, probably to scale with maps in use. As I recall, there was an article, and ads of them for sale, in the publication TM, the forerunner of today's Army Motors. PC

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Post by tvland » Thu Jan 06, 2005 4:03 am

NormD wrote:Hi TVLand,

That is a really nice picture. Is that a official photo graph to illustrate the layout and installation or simply a sales picture?
that is the stuff you get to install one in a jeep

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Post by Mark Baker » Thu Jan 06, 2005 4:10 am

A few years back I had the chance to look at a GPW for sale, after the owner realized that I had a real interest in MV's he took me out in the back part of his "shed" ( huge steel building!) where he had a HUGE collecton of MV's including at least one model of each jeep: MB,GPW, Mighty Mite, M38, M38A1, etc, and included was a jeep with the odograph unit. At about the same time there was an Army Motors article about the odograph and how it operated Etc. I heard that He got rid of a lot of his collection to concentrate on Armor or some other aspect of the hobby and some of the jeeps and smaller MV's were sold locally. If any Maine G'men know who this guy was I'd sure like to know what happened to this collection.

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