Re: Help with a 97 f250 7.3
I'd put back what the thieves took off, check or change the oil and filter, check or change the fuel filter, check or change the air filter and the associated hardware to assure nothing will be drawn into the engine when it is started, and get a couple of decent batteries. If you can, it would be good to check the fuel tanks for signs of algae or water. Fresh fuel is best.
Don't use starting fluid. The glow plugs have a habit of making it go BOOM with such stuff!