Background and Two questions:
I have a 1952 Farmall Super M. A young man in Beloit Kansas found it for me, he rebuilt the engine (new sleeves, pistons, rings, rods, bearings, turned the crank, etc.,) bebuilt the carbeurator and the transmission, added a three point hitch, put on a wide front, re-painted the whole thing and added the original McCormick Deering decals, etc. and delivered it to me in Kansas City. I'm having a lot of fun with it. However, it starts awful hard after sitting for a day or two. It has all new plugs, distributor parts, etc. Each time I start it, I have to loosen the nut on the distributor, advance the spark quite a bit, and then take off the air-cleaner and put the palm of my hand over it...then it will finally start, often after several tries. Does anyone have any good counsel or advice on what I might do...or is this common?? (My uncle, a farmer in Minnesota said M's were know for starting problems).
As noted above, my tractor has a wide front;for some reason...it turns rather hard. I was trying to determine if that was a trait of wide fronts, or not. The power steering pump is full of fluid, the belt is tight, but the steering wheel continues to turn much less freely than I'd like. Does anyone have any suggestions or a similar experience from which you've learned how to overcome it? I'd be grateful to know.