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It will run without the electricity, given no electronic sensors these days to make the thing operate, but in olden days, once the glow plug has had time to have the heat source working, no electricty is needed to stay running. The one and only problem is, a heat source to have that initial explosion start the engine rotating. If that can be done in a neanderathal means of a torch to heat up the glow plug and the vehicle then push started, or going down hill to get it to turn over, it may actually work. Now, if you had a dynamo you could hand crank in order to get the glow plugs to heat up that way, hand cranking is going to be real difficult with a diesel what with the compression, so a starter would be nice, or making sure you can park on a really steep hill every time would be nice.
 
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