Leaks are exactly where you describe. I will definitely clean out the manifold. As to the rest of the items, those sound like good ideas, I just have to wrestle with the classic Diesel owner cheapness vs. common sense of saving later work. Thanks for the advice.
1987 300D Turbo 175K
2006 Toyota Prius, efficent but no soul
1985 300 TDT(130K miles of trouble free motoring)now sold