2 The armored vehicle BRDM-2 that received the second life

The armored vehicle BRDM-2 that received the second life

Posted on August 30, 2016 by konst4


Now I offer you to get acquainted with another demilitarized armored vehicle BRDM-2, which was bought from the Ministry of Defence of Belarus and brought to Russia. In order to use a former military vehicle for civilian purposes we had to work hard, but it was worth it, because the final version is really impressive.

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Part of the work was performed by the owner; other part was given to contractors. The most difficult work was related to the tuning of the body. For example, the roof was cut, superstructure which increased the volume of the cabin was mounted. The windows were cut through a roof hatch was made. Well, the interior and the installation of additional equipment, as you know, was done by my friends. We did it all within a moderate budget – and there was no purpose to make a limousine with leather interior.
The car looks like a normal BRDM-2, but with the superstructure and the wheels from the BTR-80.

Two hatches are made for access, respectively, to the brake fluid reservoir and to the winch. Slab in the bottom is a controlled hydraulic rake.

Extensive exterior mirrors – is a drop in the sea. Therefore, there were set three wide-angle cameras with IR illumination which displays are placed on the dashboard. It took hour and a half and five proprietary drills to make a small hole for the rear camera.

Armor is strong!

That’s how the interior looked when the car came to the shop.

And this is how it looks now.

One of the most difficult tasks was to create a comfortable seat for the driver. The passenger seat was and the steering wheel of the UAZ were set.

Management of all special systems (including the lifting and lowering of retractable additional wheels – two on each side, adjusting of the tire pressure) is still in the public use. Similarly – the jet controls the movement on the water.

White twister on the right panel controls the air conditioner; a small black knob controls the ignition timing. Tumblers include music and so on.
The instrument panel got a new shape and configuration.

But the key indicators were old. Tire pumping system helps to select the correct pressure for the current operating conditions.

In the center panel there are screens that output image from three cameras.

A half of cabin was raised. The frame was welded, and closed it with plywood and corrugated rubber flooring.

In the floor there are a lot of hatches to access the checkpoint and air conditioning system, which was added to machine in the process of tuning. Of course, it required to make a normal ventilation system. Under one of the hatches there is a glove locker.

Rear sofa, its cushion can be folded up. The sides of the cabin are made on the basis of painted steel frames, to which plywood panels covered with eco-leather are attached.

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2 Responses to “The armored vehicle BRDM-2 that received the second life”

  1. phuzz says:

    I’ve always wanted a BDRM ever since I first saw one.
    This one looks to have been restored in a really good way, nice work!

  2. sszzrr says:

    I expected an auto gear BRDM-2 after reading the title, but it came out as a low-budget decoration car. Not even a big window for passengers.

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