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Prototype Armored Multipurpose BMU-2 (1968) Made in Spain.
Base and mechanical Land Rover 109.
Shielding built by MACOSA (Materials and Construction SA) currently GEC_ALSTHON

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Not much visibility out of that thing!
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Not much visibility out of that thing!
Yes, poor visibility, for this reason and because of their excessive weight was discarded and not built in series.
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Interesting truck, but unfortunately when armoring any standard vehicle the weight tends to be one of the biggest issues. The most successful were purpose built, instead of adaptations, because of the weight. Of course back then they didn't have some of the modern lightweight material we have today.
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Interesting truck, but unfortunately when armoring any standard vehicle the weight tends to be one of the biggest issues. The most successful were purpose built, instead of adaptations, because of the weight. Of course back then they didn't have some of the modern lightweight material we have today.
I think the same, but at that time, designers were seeking solutions for mounting to the chassis of the vehicles well tested and the result was not very suitable.
A Land Rover 109 can not weight 3 tons...
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I'm not a Rover expert, does the 109 have a steel frame + Aluminum body? Aluminum frame + steel body, or what?

While rugged, it seems to me that the older Rovers were designed to be light weight.
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I'm not a Rover expert, does the 109 have a steel frame + Aluminum body? Aluminum frame + steel body, or what?

While rugged, it seems to me that the older Rovers were designed to be light weight.
According to this information, (sorry, in spanish)

Land Rover were manufactured in Spain by Metallurgical Santa Ana Linares (Jaén), under license from The Rover Company Limited.

http://www.pruebas.pieldetoro.net/we....php?ID=710.10

I think it was steel chassis and aluminum bodywork, so light weight.
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My first 'car' was a '68 Land Rover 109 from England.
Steel frame and alum body.
Engine was pretty poor. Needed a valve job every 10k miles, rear differential failed, transmission failed.

I should have heeded that warning and not bought any more British vehicles...
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My first 'car' was a '68 Land Rover 109 from England.
Steel frame and alum body.
Engine was pretty poor. Needed a valve job every 10k miles, rear differential failed, transmission failed.

I should have heeded that warning and not bought any more British vehicles...
A friend of mine had two identical classic British cars (I will not say the brand), he would say that one was to use and the other to have it repaired in the workshop ...
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Interesting grill. Never owned a British MV. From what you gents are typing, must be glad that I haven't.

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Default Re: Rare and unique BMU-2 (1968)

I was looking at a series 2 this fall thought it would be a cool project. the little british motor would have to go, and be replaced with a tbi ironduke. one would have to wonder about the rest of the vehicle is it worth it just to have something different.
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