The Express's silent partners and one of their fathers joined in for some servicing and cleaning.
It is a little cracker and in amazing condition for a 1989 van with nearly 170 thousand miles in Kms.
The plastic hubcaps were thrown away to reveal silver steelies and centre caps underneath. It looked 55% better already. We had a heavy shift servicing, washing, buffing and waxing it. The paint is still a bit flat in places but it is now protected and looks presentable.
The oil filter looked reasonably new but was torqued to 400NM or something, a ridiculous amount of effort to remove it. Heroic effort from @sdkrc and @320touring. We were worried it was cross threaded but the new one went on fine. Same oil filter as a Clio 182!
@320touring worried about the glow plugs shearing but they came out no bother. The valve cover gasket had been leaking all over them for some time, the engine was hot and penetrating spray was used with abandon. The two behind the fuel pump were awkward but it didn't take long.
Valve cover cleaned.
So clean underneath.