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hard start and lots of white smoke

I just bought another 97 powerstroke and 2 weeks after I bought it, it started getting hard to start tested glow plugs had coiple burned out pulled valve covers replaced all glow plugs and wiring harnesses along with new valve cover gaskets new relay and also oil temp sensor as wait to start light wouldn't stay on. AnywaYs now its leaking fuel in the valley and under truck crank is gettin fuel in it and chugs no power pta of white smoke figure its due to fuel in oil. Took it to Ford and they said the mechanical pump in valley is leaking internally and externally and the icp sensor is oil filled and the fuel psi switch is bad ( do they mean fuel psi regulator ). So my question is how hard are those three things to change out pump and two switches and while I have bowl out what else should I do someone I no suggested resealing bowl and new heater and all new fuel lines? Never had to work on 7.3 so all new to me any help would be great please as this is my daily driver now. And where is the cheapest place to buy the parts as my cash supply is low
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Obviously replace the lift pump. Most parts stores should have one in stock, so shop around.

Get new seals for the banjo fitting from Ford. And new hoses and clamps for under the can. Go to ford for these hoses and get good clamps at the parts store.

You'll need an 1-1/8" offset box wrench to get the banjo bolt off without taking the turbo off.

Should take you about 3 hrs taking your time.

While you're in there verify that you IPR harness is in good shape. $90 from Ford, or cheaper to get a replacement connector.

Check your HPOP and IPR for leakage.

Dieselorings.com might be able to accomadate ya.

If I was over killing it, I would get the o-ring kit to reseal the fuel/water separator. It includes a new return screen and all new seals. About $80 from Ford.

Hope this helped.
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