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From my experience, the stock RedHat Kernels are heavily patched and I have never gotten one to compile cleanly after adding some other patch. You may want to try using a Vanilla kernel form kernle.org and then patching it with whatever functionality you need which it may lack and using your old config file to reduce the number of options needing configuration.
And while you are at it, you might want to use a more recent kernel version if there is no specific need for the 2.4.20-8 kernel.