Letters to the Editor

Information sought on air-cooled Novo engine

| May 2007

Years ago I came into possession of a single-cylinder Novo hand-crank air-cooled engine. I had the idea it was about a 6 hp with an external magneto and an impulse coupling and weighed about 150 pounds.

I began farming in 1963. Toward the end of harvesting ear corn I acquired the engine and mounted it and a speed jack (with on-off manual clutch) on a plank to drive my 36-foot corn and small grain dump with 10-foot folding dump. I now have the Novo and speed jack assembly in the shed.

I believe the Novo engine originally powered a Signal Corp. generator, possibly built or assembled in 1938 or 1939. I believe the engine may have been manufactured in Michigan.

Can anyone provide information on the engine's background, horsepower, owner's manual or related material? Copies are fine.

- Herbert Wodtke
R.R. 1, Box 49
Loogootee, IL 62857