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That's what I would try. Do you think the water is coolant, or do you think that it was simply water that leaked in from rain or something. I remove the oil drain plug and let the water in the oil pan drain out too. I've had this happen on a tractor before. Rain water went in the stack, and down into the cylinders. Water was on top of the pistons and a lot more in the pan. I drained the water out of the pan till only oil was coming out, and replaced the plug. Removed the glow plugs, cranked. Replaced glow plugs, and cranked it with the fuel OFF. The compression was really high, since there was still some water in the cylinders. Once it was turning over really well with the fuel off, I turned the fuel on and started the engine at low (300 or so) RPM.
You don't have the ability to start the engine at 300 rpm, you are limited to idle speed, which will have to do. I would remove the fuel-shutoff wire from the injection pump and crank it without fuel before you start it.
Any water that is left will evaporate as the engine warms up.
Eli Benson - EMT, Ambulance Mechanic
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