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Your glow plugs might not be up to snuff.. The smoke you are seeing is normal on a cold engine. The fuel smell is because the cylinders are not hot enough to ignite the compressed fuel so it just gets ejected out the exhaust.
Most, if not all, trucks will produce some white smoke on first start.
Try checking your glowplug relay. it is on the top of the engine. The two large lugs are what you need to check. One should be 12v (or battery voltage), the other should be dead with the key off. When you turn the key on and the wait to start light comes on, the other lug should read the same as the first large lug. That lets you know the glow plug relay is working. You could just need to replace the glow plugs.. If it gets hard to start with lots of cycling of the key and your gpr is working, your plugs are shot.
The way your truck starts sounds pretty normal though...
05 F250 4x4 CC, 9.5" Rize/Icon, 38" Toyos, 20x12 Pacers, 5" MBRP, AFE stage 2, Cass 190s, Powermax, ELC w/filter, RCD EGR delete
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