Land Rover Monthly - - Work In Progress -

What ís the story? This Land Rover was part of an MOD project named Hebe. It was con­verted by DSG from a Pulse Bat­tle­field Am­bu­lance. Nick­named Thebe (as it’s a top­less Hebe) it was one of six soft-tops built for BATUK in Kenya with the rather unique Alpen­flage camo. I won it at auc­tion, but a fair amount of time was spent as­sess­ing the con­di­tion to see what needed re­plac­ing and re­pair­ing first. I com­piled a long list – which is grow­ing as we speak.

Did you need any­thing to get the en­gine run­ning The en­gine had nu­mer­ous parts re­moved by the MOD. The main miss­ing bits, which I pre-ordered prior to the pur­chase were: al­ter­na­tor, starter mo­tor, vac­uum pump, in­jec­tor pump, turbo/ex­haust man­i­fold, in­jec­tor and en­gine wiring har­ness. Nu­mer­ous pipes have been cut or ripped off, too.

Once I had taken de­liv­ery of Thebe I spent a full day fit­ting the re­place­ment en­gine parts and I did get it run­ning. Are you plan­ning on re­plac­ing it? The plan is to see how it goes for a while. I am hoping that Thebe wasn’t just a ve­hi­cle stripped for parts to keep other Land Rovers run­ning. If that is the case then there should be noth­ing wrong with the en­gine.

What are your plans with it? The plans are to re­build it, but keep it pretty much as it is and use the ve­hi­cle for daily trans­port and shows.

What else have you done? I’ve re­placed the miss­ing power steer­ing pipes, steer­ing box, track rods and steer­ing damper, as well as the miss­ing brake pads and clutch slave cylin­der, and in­stalled a new gear­box oil cooler. Af­ter get­ting the en­gine run­ning I found out that it had no drive from the front axle; this was due to a miss­ing half shaft, so I’m cur­rently re­build­ing the front axle.

What next? It needs en­gine coolant and air cleaner hoses. Then I’ll re­pair and re­fit the right-hand front wing and in­ner wing, at which point I can start the front re­build. This will be fol­lowed by a new wind­screen rub­ber and wiper blades. It also needs a new rear prop­shaft and trail­ing arms and I will go through the in­te­rior to re­place nicked parts, be­fore re­fit­ting the rear hood and hood sticks.

What has been the hard­est part so far? Sourc­ing the cor­rect parts as they are Wolf-spe­cific and not widely avail­able, plus they can be ex­pen­sive.

When will it be fin­ished? Hope­fully this sum­mer.

Who is help­ing you with the project? I’ve had help with parts from Philip and Tim at Dunsfold DLR and the hood re­pair was done by Un­der­cover cov­ers, other­wise I’ve done it all my­self.

Any other projects on the go? A Se­ries I 107 plus a Cypriot Na­tional Guard Light­weight Gun­ship.

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