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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

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

  • Published on May 1, 2007
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