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Won't start even using starting fluid

Without going into the whole history of what is going on. Can anyone tell me possible reasons my truck won't start even when using ether? I took off a valve cover and the valves are moving, so I don't think its a timing gear issue. There is fuel going to the fuel bowl. I just replaced the CPS, electric fuel pump, fuel filter, IPR, oil and oil filter change. All help appreciated. I have not run compression checks yet.
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Check for codes....
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Does the WTS light come on?

Does the tach move while you're cranking it?

Any white smoke from the exhaust?

Wait... you converted to e-fuel, and still have an original fuel bowl?
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Just checked your profile. If it's your '99 truck, then try posting in the SuperDuty ('99-'03) forums. Fuel systems between OBS and SD are vastly different.
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Might be PCM
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Without going into the whole history of what is going on. Can anyone tell me possible reasons my truck won't start even when using ether? I took off a valve cover and the valves are moving, so I don't think its a timing gear issue. There is fuel going to the fuel bowl. I just replaced the CPS, electric fuel pump, fuel filter, IPR, oil and oil filter change. All help appreciated. I have not run compression checks yet.
Here's an update. 1st of all, sorry about posting this in the wrong "era" of truck. Mine's a 1999. Anyway, It looks like I only have about half the recommended cylinder compression. After adding some oil to each cylinder through the glow plug hole it helped raise the compression. I believe this lack of compression is called "washed down". I believe the can of Engine Restore did this. I used it hoping to decrease the blow by. After reading this stuff is bad for powerstrokes, specifically the injectors and/or IPR; I changed the oil twice. But the effects were already there. So far, it seems the injectors and IPR are "ok". But a hard lesson was learned. I've used Engine Restore in the past on gas engines and had amazing results. But not this time. Thanks for all who replied with ideas, etc.
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