For their exceptional qualities they have gained immense popularity among hunters and fishermen, among fans of extreme driving, and simply among those who want to climb into the most impassable jungle in pursuit of a good portion of adrenaline.
I decided to devote this review to civilian versions of the BRDM-2.
It turned out that on the Internet, many owners of the BRDM posted more or less detailed photo reports and descriptions of the alterations that were made so that their “war horses” would gain civilian comfort and meet their specific requirements. After all, they are bought for specific needs, be it an extreme expedition, hunting or fishing, fun “rides”, transportation of VIP-passengers or high-value cargo.
I learned that BRDM is engaged in the alteration and fine-tuning in different ways: both enthusiasts on an individual basis and campaigns are in “small series”. This can occur in a private garage, in which a pair of men with light heads and straight arms will create a “shushpantser”, which they themselves will go hunting or fishing for. Or maybe this will be done by a specialized enterprise and a tuning studio, fulfilling the order of a wealthy man who has everything, but I want something else.
The price of this or that machine depends on the number of alterations, their technical equipment, their functionality and on who did it, the team of enthusiasts or a specialized workshop.
After reviewing a lot of information, I put together the posted reviews and photos of the most interesting, in my opinion, samples and offer the result to you, dear readers. I apologize if I forgot to mention someone or vice versa, I overdid it and opened someone incognito. All materials (photos, videos and texts) used in this review are taken from open sources. References to the sources from which these materials were borrowed are given at the end of the article.
I reserved the right to make abbreviations or stylistic changes to the text that do not affect the substantive side of the article, without the consent of the author (s).
BRDM - my second car!
Vadim Amosov, Simferopol.
The idea to buy BRDM appeared by chance, in the bath. Once in a Saturday bath, in September 2009, one of my friends asked:
- Vadik, you do not want to buy BRDM? There is a possibility.
- What is it? - I asked.
“Difficult to explain,” answered the Admiral. - Type on the Internet, in a search engine, "BRDM-2", you will see everything ...
From that moment began sleepless nights with thoughts about buying this "miracle of technology". Straight sick them! And, most importantly, I do not know why he told me - I am not a hunter or a treasure hunter! Just want and that's it!
Paperwork lasted 2 month. During this time, managed to go to the military unit, choose your car. December 24 put it on KAMAZ and drove to the Crimea. Naturally, before that, a tower with weapons, a night-vision device, armor plates covering the front windows and the entire interior: radios, chemical equipment, triplexes, etc., were removed. they threw off the place with a crane, put the batteries in, brought them in "with poltyka" and drove into the garage under their own power.
Imagine, on the speedometer 1250 km, and those, probably twisted. 34, stood on the street, in the rain and snow, and wound up and went! Pride in the technique of the USSR!
We rode for several days, then drove it into a box and cut it for four months, cooked it, ripped off all the paint and painted it. The result was exactly what I wanted.
I wanted to partially use it for commercial purposes, then changed my mind. We ride with friends in the mountains and swim in the lakes.
Put on record in Gostekhnadzor as an energy module for agricultural purposes. Bought the right tractor driver. Inspection, insurance - everything is as it should be!
I post pictures of "reincarnation" ...
Taking this opportunity, I want to say thanks to everyone who participated in this project!
Painting BRDM was one of the most difficult and painstaking work.
Pasha (on the site - grivna22) well done, only tired some of the "partners": works exclusively at night!
Video from BRDM in Alushta.
BRDM-swim in Partenit. Partenit - urban settlement on the southern coast of Crimea. Included in the urban district of Alushta.
All-terrain vehicle BRDM (S 5.5 VIP-class).
Michael. No other data could be found.
(This car has a similarity with the photo that is posted on the NP "Ecoprof" website. - Note.).
“The tuning took more than three years, a lot of money and an uncompensated number of nerve cells. But we still need to work on the image, "says Michael.
All-terrain vehicle BRDM (S 5.5 VIP-class).
Single copy, completely manual assembly.
The speed on the highway to 120 km / h, on the water to 12 km / h.
Engine V-8 5.5 forced.
Armored hull, black and green nacre- "chameleon".
The car is equipped with a satellite communications system station, air conditioning, tele-audio equipment, an echo sounder, a powerful top searchlight, a night-vision device, strobe lights, GPS navigation, leather interior, etc. "garbage."
Special purpose motor ZMZ-41.
Carburetor, petrol, 8-cylinder engine with a V-shaped arrangement of cylinders at an angle of 90 degrees, high-turbulent combustion chambers and screw inlet channels.
Nom. power 140 hp with crankshaft speed 3200 rev.
Max. torque 353 N.m. at crankshaft speed 2000-2500 rev.
Minimum specific fuel consumption 333 (245) g / kWh (g / hp.h.)
Cylinder Bore x Stroke, 100x88 mm.
Weight: 271 kg.
Compression ratio: 6,7.
It all started with the fact that once Mikhail saw the BDR passing a car. I saw and came to a complete delight - that’s what a real man needs! Having learned from the military all that they knew about the car, Mikhail got excited about the idea of acquiring the same one and soon discovered that it was quite possible - it would be enough money. Enough!
The only condition was the absence of a tower with weapons. Armored protection, unsurpassed throughput, ability to swim and, of course, military strength. So that, as we know how to do military equipment.
Later, the idea came to redo everything that is possible, and, in the end, overshadow the Hummer. Enthusiasm fueled the idea that this car is domestic.
The work was immense. The car had to be dismantled. Imagine what that means: the car is huge, native assembly and even stuffed, unfamiliar "civilian" mechanics. But this stage was not the most difficult. Ahead was the reworking of the units, the change of the exterior, the re-equipment of the cabin ...
The body of the car was trimmed to bare metal and repainted. Combining the old, multi-layered painting technology with intermediate polishing and the best modern materials. The current color of the car owner calls “black and green pearl-chameleon”. The paint is really interesting: it looks and feels like powder enamel.
Some elements of the hull and cockpit are decorated with corrugated aluminum sheet. This not only decorates the car, but also makes it more comfortable and safer. For example, a corrugated on the nose of the case will allow you not to slip in wet shoes or barefoot. Aluminum is not just riveted to the body, it is planted on epoxy two-component adhesive UHU Plus Endfest 300 with incredible bond strength.
And riveting - for beauty. Well, and additional insurance at the same time.
Established headlights placed on the nose, according to the owner of the car, shone badly. There was a simple way out: they hung six identical headlights instead of four. Shells were chromed, the glass was protected with a chrome grille.
In addition, put all the necessary lighting devices - turn signals, parking lights. A huge searchlight-detector and a night-vision device were installed on top of the armor.
With the visibility of the army machine trouble. To simplify the life of the driver, armor plates were removed from the front windows, huge spherical mirrors were attached to the sides of the cab, and a spare camera on the swivel bracket was attached to the spare tire standing in the stern above the jet engine tunnel (the designers apparently did not expect a retreat that it is simply impossible to move backwards without it). The viewing angle allows you to get an excellent picture on the monitor in the cockpit. Installed sounder.
The BRDM is welded entirely from armor plates and can float, which means it would be nice to see the bottom relief with underwater inhabitants in the details.
By the way, about the spare wheel. By and large, this is just a sham, because the compressor central paging wheels allows each cylinder to withstand up to seven bullet holes, not to mention the nails.
Yes, and remove, put such a wheel can not everyone.
Clarify this point. At first glance it seems that the car is four-wheel drive, but - take a look! Between each pair on the board is placed two more wheels - smaller.
Here are pneumatic aviation tires inflated to 5,5-6,0 atm. Usually they are in a stowed position - tightened under the "belly". But they can be released by turning on the hydraulic drive, and then the BRDM will become four-axis. AND?! On patency to him unless a tank compete, what can I say about all kinds of Land Rover or even Hummer. Also, the standard equipment of the BRDM includes a 4-ton winch with a 30-meter cable.
The six-seater cabin in a yacht style is luxurious - trimmed with expensive, pleasant to the touch leather of “currency” color, carpet of the same shade, panels of lacquered African oak. It has everything you can dream of: satellite communication system, fire extinguishing system, video and audio equipment, echo sounder, night vision device, GPS navigation, bar, refrigerator, periscope, etc., etc.
On the little things like air conditioning and not worth it.
Again amazes the attention of performers to trifles: for example, the lock of the hatch leading to the engine compartment, not anyhow, but the brand Mul-T-Lock. Of course, chrome.
Now again a little about the engine compartment. V8 carburetor with 5,5 liter capacity, forced to 132 kW (180 hp). The standard ZMZ-41 develops 140 l. with. at 3200 rpm The torque is 353 Nm in the 2000-2500 rpm range. Of course, the increase in 40 forces for such a motor is not God knows that, but the car can honestly keep the speed of 120 km / h on the highway and up to 12 km / h on the water. Where more ?!
It is necessary to take into account the G8’s brutal appetite. True, the capacity of the fuel tanks, too, can not be called modest, and it is believed that the power reserve on one refueling - 750 km. Tuning BRDM eats gasoline in much the same way as standard: the weight of additional equipment is compensated by the absence of the turret.
Those who have seen the usual BRDM will confirm - the voice is awesome. The “luxury” sound can be called pleasant - the engine is more gentle, and the tuning mufflers are of the Ultima brand. Allow me to make sure that they stand in their places above the engine, next to the hooks for towing on water.
It took more than three years to connect the achievements of our military industrial complex and “their” tuning, a lot of money and an uncompensated number of nerve cells. To say that the owner is completely dissatisfied with the result, it is impossible. “We still need to work on the image,” Mikhail argues. “There is still something chauvinistic in the BRDM.” The words of Mikhail Zhvanetsky from the monologue “My reservation” somehow come to mind:
I want to buy, as during the war, a tank at the expense of the artist, but to use myself for a while. It's nice, probably, to suddenly appear in the housing office and ask to replace the floor in the kitchen, without leaving the car. It is good to enter the market and ask through the slot: "Skoko, skoko? One kilo or the whole bag?"
To be continued ...
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