Our BRDM2 chemical recon vehicle

kcimb

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Purchased (New) from International Repot Depot in 2016, delivered in 2017.



Getting cleaned!








Interior. After 4 years of bouncing in and out it was in need of a good blast of hot water.






After, much cleaner ! Almost parade ready except for tnose nasty tires.







All done!





I have a title and tags being sent to me from Vermont. I went the Dirt Legal way since our local DMV was shut down due to the COVID stuff going on. It was pricey but I wanted to have it running sooner, not later.

This is my second BRDM. My first one was bought from Indiana from our very own augdog1964 and sold to a guy in Kansas who then sold it to another guy who is bringing it back to Texas.

Mine is more or less how they come off the factory floor. It's in immaculate condition. There's a bunch of little things that need to be fixed from the vehicle sitting for so long. Bulbs, lights, indicators, seals, etc. But the primary things we are fixing soon before the road test are:

Tires-I have 4 new tires here that need to be put on.
Brakes-test.
Trans-change oil.
Turn signals and brake lights-replace bulbs/change to LED
Engine-change oil again.

Minor stuff-
Wire brush/ prime paint rear cargo compartment
Complete PKT kit and shoot
DRIVE
Send off to Petronics for rewire

I normally start and run it 2 times a month. It always starts fairly quickly.
 

kcimb

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A rather disappointing day working on the BRDM.

Hooked up the PKT solenoid and the firing circuit works.

I changed the transmission oil. It was very low and nasty. Flushed it with 2 gallons of extra 90w I had then poured in 8ish liters of ep90.






The PTO is the fill hole for the entire trans.


Shifts much smoother now and the synchros are actually functioning well and it hits second gear without any problems! Ya.

While driving it with m35ben as the spotter it started making weird noises.

PTO was spinning the winch. Not sure if it’s supposed to spin. F.

Then it died. I know it’s not broken, it’s a Good running vehicle. It’s probably out of gas.



10 gallons of USA’s finest Dino juice dumped in the tank and it fires right up. M35ben noticed it’s leaking coolant all over the battery and right side of the engine bay.

F.

So we power it back to the stall and change the front right tire with a new one and contemplate the meaning of 40 year old rubber failing.



 

M813rc

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Looking good!

If that is the same one I sat in some years ago while visiting Earl, it is a really nice vehicle.

Cheers
 

kcimb

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Looking good!

If that is the same one I sat in some years ago while visiting Earl, it is a really nice vehicle.

Cheers
yep, that’s it! It’s in remarkable shape. All those 40 year old seals and plastic and rubber are just failing now so I need to keep on the ball inregards to maintaining it. We are planning on hitting the road this winter.
 

kcimb

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Shakedown cruise coming this Saturday. Plates applied, getting insurance this week. Fixed the coolant leak. There might be some dribbles here and there but nothing major.

Replacing 3 tires, adjusting the brakes, and using a chase car but we are hitting the road.
 

kcimb

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We were able to hit the road today.

It drew quite the crowd. Unfortunately, had issues.

Brake seized shut
Carb is surging.
Hydraulic fluid blew out

It runs and drives like a DREAM. It’s quick. Well, until the hydro blew and the brake seized shut and the carb started surging.

Minor issues to fix.

Armor draws a crowd.












 
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