Wow, what an oddessey but I have made progress.
I noticed that the primary filter housing was only partly full and that their seemed to be an airlock. I turned off the diesel at the tank and disconnected it then turned it on to and got nothing. I couldn't force air (blow) in the tube at first. So, I gave it a real good go and popped a plug
out of it, ran some deisel through and ten reconnected. There is clearly some crap in the bottom of the tank.
I was beggigning to think the lift pump was hooped but I was now able to actually pump deisel through the system. I bled everything but couldn't get it to start so I bled thihngs again.
I have a cold start assist hooked up so I pushed the button to heat up the glow plug
and got smoke from the air intake then tried to start it again. She didn't start but I did go more smoke from the air intake. I had been at it for awhile at this point and didn't want to drain the battery
so I called it a day feeling some what better about the whole thing.
I'm away this weekend but will get back at it this weekend. Obviously I need to clean the tank.
Since she didn't start I'm guessing I still haven't got her properly bled? IT was turning over really well.