It's been a while and not much has happened. I sold the Espace to a chap who had bid and lost when I bought it and the clutch cable snapped on him immediately so he ended up in my lounge for 3 hours awaiting recovery. The Probe had a sticky caliper which then meant pumping the brakes a bit blew one of the pipes and since it wasn't running properly anyway I thought I'd go through it and unsurprisingly it's turned into a much bigger project than anticipated.
Since the hard lines are hard to access and probably original I decided the best thing to do was to replace them all, the nuts were the worst part, they'd become very crumbly. Since there's always been an intermittent fuel issue and it helps with the brake pipes, I decided to drop the tank. Definitely worth doing since it was full of crap and I'm hoping it will sort the fuel issues along with a new pump and hardware (it was almost as cheap as getting the hardware bits separately). The tank is ok externally, some surface rust where the rubber coating has separated, but it should clean up nicely.
This is what happens when you put a car in storage for 20 years, there was loads of crap on the strainer. Got some Bilt Hamber stuff ordered to hopefully clean out the tank and then I can get back to the brake pipes.
Does anyone have any advice on a good but cheap brake pipe flaring kit? Also what should I do to protect the underside of the Probe? it's all original and very nice and I want to keep it that way.