i've just chatted to TFTuned - apparently knowledgeable fork servicers.....they wont touch Manitous this old and in fact, don't even like the modern Manitou as there is very little European support for them
Looks like they'll be sent back and my dream of owning a set of these goes with them
I can't really risk pulling them apart to service and then trying to source replacement parts for what is effectively 20 year old technology.
If anyone has any sub 1500g, 262 wheel, 1 1/8" straight steerer (min 200mm), 100mm travel, quick release dropouts, disc mount forks for sale then let me know! £100ish preferable!