92 diesel starts right away, then dies and will not start

Tiny
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  • 1992 FORD F-350
My truck, with 146,000 miles runs great after it starts, but will not on occasion. It always starts immediately, then sometimes dies. After a while it always starts, but sometimes it takes many minutes of turning over to do so. Then, it shudders as though it is not getting enough fuel. It seems to be a lack of fuel, as the gases coming out of the tail pipe are white as it turns over without starting but the mechanic can find nothing wrong as all the tests turn out fine. We replaced the fuel pump cellonoid but it did not help. I should add that it has never NOT started for the mechanic.
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Monday, September 17th, 2007 AT 10:46 PM

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Tiny
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Make, Model, Engine please
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Tuesday, September 18th, 2007 AT 12:01 PM
Tiny
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My truck is a 1992 Ford F 350 7.3 liter Diesel.
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Wednesday, September 19th, 2007 AT 10:34 PM
Tiny
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By the way, it's currently at the shop being evaluated; again. The owner is a master diesel mechanic with about 30 years experience. HELP!
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Wednesday, September 19th, 2007 AT 10:37 PM
Tiny
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7.3's had some injector woes. Could be an intermittent injector problem if there is white smoke. Also have seen the wiring harness for the injectors create problems with intermittent shorting
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Thursday, September 20th, 2007 AT 7:48 AM

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