Summer’s here, shows are everywhere and the Sierra’s back in action. Well, not quite.

You see, although I dragged the three-door out of hibernation, there are just too many jobs on the list before it’s ready for the road. Or, indeed, to be seen in public.

First was a fresh MoT, which was left in the hands of my mate Mike. Fortunately, Mike’s fond of the old girl, and he was more than happy to give it a tickle here and there until it passed. After a tweak of the washers, a nudge of the headlamp alignment and a serious session with the emissions probe, my 30-year-old Ford was legal again.

But it’s still not entirely pleasant to drive. The coil-over springs are too hard, the steering lacks feel, and the standard-ish brakes don’t provide much confidence. My shopping list gets longer by the day.

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But, before all that, there’s the more annoying issue of tinworm in both front wings. The nearside is original, albeit peppered with orangey microblisters. I reckon it will repair, given time with a wire brush and a soaking in perhaps the most appropriately-named product for any ageing Ford: Rustyco. A rust remover rather than converter, Rustyco says it can treat 100 per cent of the corrosion pore-deep.

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In contrast, the offside wing looks rotten, with bubbles, pinholes and evidence of body filler under relatively recent paintwork. Its seam-sealer says it’s been replaced in the past, so the whole thing’s going to be ripped off and renewed. Pass me the angle-grinder!