A twin-cylinder 12 HP Novo engine sees the light of day for the first time in 40 years.
Shawn Halle's 12 HP Novo, serial number 55117, comes out of hiding after nearly 40 years in a barn in West Virginia. These engines were first introduced in 1914, and this one is believed to date from 1914 to 1915. Shawn's good friend Steve Smith, left, and Shawn's dad, Normand Halle, right, help to move lumber out of the way as the Novo is moved into position for its final removal from the barn.
First peek at the 12 HP Novo twin, barely visible in its resting place in the barn where it was found.
Normand Halle takes a breather and inspects the Novo engine before hooking up a come-along winch to pull it the rest of the way out of the barn. At 2,500 pounds, this engine is no lightweight.
The barn where the Novo engine quietly sat, unused for close to 40 years. Sited in a remote area of West Virginia and 30 miles from the closest town, it's no surprise Shawn's Novo went unknown for so long, Shawn also bought the grist mill, flour dresser and brush finishing machine the Novo had run before it was retired.
The Novo before it was moved from its resting spot. Note how complete the engine was, despite having lain undisturbed for some 40 years.
The Novo getting ready to leave for its new home.
The grist mill.
The Eureka 'brush finishing' machine. Its exact age is unknown, but it shows patent dates of 1873 and 1878.