1917 3 HP Novo

A nearly new Novo


| February/March 2010



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Jerry Gordon’s 1917 3 HP Novo has been a restoration two years in the making. While the engine is now restored, Jerry plans to construct a new battery box and new skids for show display.

Photo by Bob Crowell

A neat display that caught my attention at the Brown County Antique Engine and Tractor Show in Nashville, Ind., last spring belonged to Jerry Gordon.

Jerry is from Albion, Ind., and had his restored 1917 3 HP Novo engine, serial number 37256, on display and running like a clock.

“This project has been ongoing for two years or better,” says Jerry. “I bought this engine with a lot of hesitation at the Ivan Plaster – known as the ‘bubble man’ – auction in the mid-1990s. I could see that it was going to take a lot of repair and restoration work.”

Just getting started
Just about everything has been repaired or replaced on the Novo with hard work and many hours of tedious machine work and fitting of many rebuilt parts.

The check balls were replaced in the fuel pump, and a new spark saver and latch-off were put in along with new valves and valve cages. Jerry found a different piston rod and also installed new rings. The flywheels were machine-turned 0.40 inch to clean up the rust deposits and accumulated dings and abuse given the engine over the years.

Future plans for this beautiful engine include constructing a new battery box along with building new skids for a more attractive appearance at shows and demonstrations.