Copious amounts of solvents, long bottle brush, dismantling etc and I was ready to put it all back together. New bumpers, washers, O-rings, wiper rings, check ball springs (that was an effing bitch to get out, til I got some advice on how to pin the sucker from turning while I yarned on the ends...
), etc etc.
They are back together now, but something ain't right, so I will probably have another version of this chapter later (details to follow
Something relatively clean: oily, not greasy, yeah