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Novo is RUNNING! A few questions...

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Old 11-27-2004, 12:15:27 PM
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FINALLY got the few missing bits for my 3HP Novo, got everything together this morning, and fired her up...the engine ran for the first time in probably 30+ years. It starts on the first compression stroke and runs nice and slow. A few questions:

Every time the engine hits, it HITS, almost jumps and inch in the air...I retarded the timing a bit by moving the timing finger, and it helped a little, but not enough. Any suggestions?

I replaced the gib keys on both flywheels. The ones I got were too tall to fit into the flywheel slot and the crank, so I had to grind them down and dress the sides with a file. They fit nice and snug, but they only extend about 1/2 into the flywheel hub - there's about 1 3/4 of a 3 1/2 key showing. I didn't want to force them in farther, so I left them that way. Any harm in leaving them this way?

I got a replacement nametag, and the serial # is stamped on the lip of the hopper. Can anyone tell me the original size of the number and letter stamps they used (probably 1/8)? Also, what are the revs for my engine, and when they stamped horsepower, did they stamp 3HP or 3H.P.?


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Old 11-27-2004, 05:03:28 PM
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I had to retard my 6HP Novo by pulling the cam gear out and moving it back one gear tooth. Before I did that she jumped way too hard !
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Chris, Congratulation on getting the Novo running. It's always a great feeling. My concern re: extra long keys sticking out centers around the increased possibility of you or someone else getting caught while she if running. Just my thought. Congratulations again. Dave in Holt.
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Pull the keys and dress them so you get more engagement or you'll have more problems than cracked hubs!!!!
Old 11-28-2004, 08:38:56 AM
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Default Re: Novo is RUNNING! A few questions...

Hi Chriss, On the Novo, the timer is slotted,where you screw it down to the insulated base....on mine to get it to run REAL slow and easy I used a dremel and made the slot just a tad longer and therefore the timing was more retarded than the factory allowed for..........If you move the gear one tooth...that may work also,but, I suspect that would toss off valve timing a little...BUT, running real slow that might not realy matter anyway. Question for you though......was the boss on the side of the engine(where the cam gear shaft goes into) cracked at all......I have purchased my second Novo (a 6hp) and it had almost the excact break as on my 4 hp. My thought is it must be a weak area looking at the disighn, or, unfortunate coincidence for me! Anyway it is not too bad a fix to have to do! Good luck with your Novo, They can be made to run REAL slow!! Eric M.
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