Growing up in NE Iowa we kept the tractor,M,in the heated garage. Much to Moms dismay. It had to start so we could plow the drive. Once the drive was cleared I had to clean off Moms car. In answer to your question we went to great lengths NOT to have to hand crank that tractor.
Fast forward 30 years and I hand cranked, just for fun, my 53 Farmall super H with oversized higher compression pistons.
I got it started but remembered why hand cranks went obsolete.