Way back in 1992 my dad got a new work truck to replace his MK2 Transit, it was a P100 1.8TD, J406 AOO, his work in their wisdom thought it would be better than a Transit as it was cheaper but realistically it wasn't at all, I even remember going with him to collect it from Candor Ford in Colchester.
It lasted 4 years of heavy use carrying over 1/2 ton of tools and regularly towing a heavy Land Rover trailer with a ton of sand in the back before the engine shat itself at 36000 miles and his work agree to trade it in for another Transit.
Here it is in 1994/5 with the homemade roof rack.
I often travelled about in the back of it with no escape (I was only 12-16) you wouldn't get away with that now! Anyway the reason for this post is much to my shock I've found photos of it on Flickr! It's still alive! Apparently it's done 160000 miles now but other than the roof rack it looks no different, amazing!