Ah, thanks! makes sense, I’m sure they meant well! to be fair most of the bike was decent under the grease!A cork up the steerer tube was a thing in cyclocross circles back in the steel fork era to stop crowns and steerers rotting.
The heavy duty grease application was normal, in army circles, for anything metal that was going into storage. It was back when i played with tanks and this is possibly how the bike ended up lathered in it.
Your Comp has buffed up well. I like it.