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.
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.
On the right and on the left of the sofa there are boxes and audio amplifiers. The audio system is quite simple, it is provided by one of the sponsors of the project: 4-channel amplifier, 2 sets of 16-centimeter coaxial speakers and a radio cassette player SWAT. System is not expensive, but it sounds good.
Of course, the body is sheathed with heat and sound insulation. There are sockets for 220 and 12 volts (the main electricity grid – 24 volt).
Bright interior, of course, is not the most practical idea, but it looks nice. When riding in the mud, the main amount of mud falls on the floor, which is cleaned without any problems. The water can be drained down through the locker as there is a kingston valve. Hatches and ceiling are covered with false panels that are also sheathed with eco-leather. New, large hatch in the rear is locked externally. The front hatches are closed inside in the regular way. Of course, we could not test the car in action.
Honestly, we couldn’t drive through this shaky clay and, for example, in the Land Rover Discovery with conventional tires we were not able to drive. The
passability of BRDM is phenomenal, compared with conventional cars (and this in spite of the weight about 6 tons).
The structure has got a flat bottom and it helps to drive through every obstacle.
The managing of the car is similar to the same GAZ-66, but much harder. This adds a smoothness of driving. When you drive through the gully, you feel like sitting on the couch at home. Transmission switches with a double soaking – synchronizers are only on the third and fourth transmission.
It is really difficult to feel the size of a vehicle – driving in the city traffic can be very funny. And there are no obstacles – a car is registered, you need to have control the license of tractor driver of A3 category. The speed on the highway – 90 km / h, while fuel consumption is about 35 liters per hundred.
It needs a bit of work on impermeability and we would check out the car in the water. So such an interesting car we have now. Moderately comfortable and very passable show-stopper. Pedestrians turn their heads when this machine is slowly driving near.