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Any engine that hasn't been run in several years has to be suspect. I'd strongly second the idea of getting Calder's book, or something similar, because diesel engines are just different from gasoline engines. Even the good ones have their own nasty problems, and all it takes it some air in the fuel lines to make it never start. And then, you can't just get the air out, there is usually only one "right" way to purge any one engine and fuel system. If it uses copper crush washers on the fuel system, you'd never guess that those are "use once and discard" and they MUST be replaced if you bleed the system at those points.
Rebuild? Maybe not, but you really want the engine manual, and a good book on diesels in general, to get you past those queer little quirks that diesels have. Before you pull anything apart!