Tried helping a firend on his English Fordson last weekend and couldnt get it going...been thinking about it though. I put on the carb and made fuel lines, she had spark from the mag and the plugs are clean. I hand cranked her must have been 25 times and she would only fie for a second or two and would never take off. We even put in on the belt and wouldnt fire.......when I hand cranked it the thing kicked back ALOT. My question is....does that sound like the timing is off? are they easily messed up if you have them off? The mag was put on by someone else so I dont know what was done....or do these old machines just kickback alot?