WOLF 130 SOFT-TOP DC HCPU
DAVID MAINGOT, ONLINE RETAILER, NOTTINGHAM
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.