• To ALL forum users - As of late I have been getting quite a few private messages with questions about build ups here on the forum, or tech questions about your personal project. While I appreciate the interest, sending me a private message about these topics distracts from, and undermines the purpose of having a forum here. During the day I wear many hats as a small business owner-operator and I work tirelessly to provide the absolute best service possible to you, our valued customer. When I created this forum I rounded up some of the best minds I knew so that any tech question you might have could be asked and answered by either myself or one of my highly experienced moderators, this way the next time this same question is asked the answer can be easily found and utilized by the next IH enthusiast having the same question. This allows me the freedom to run the day to day operations of the business and minimize the impact to shipments and shop activities that these distractions can cause. It is of the up most importance for me to complete the daily tasks in order to best take care of you our customer, all the while providing you a forum to get the level advice and input you have come to expect and deserve from the premier IH shop in the country.

    So with that I ask that anyone with a question about one of our build ups or a general tech question to please use the forum as it was intended. I am absolutely available by telephone to answer your questions as well but at times may direct you back to our website to better field your question or questions. Most other private messages I will be glad to answer for you.

    Thank you for your understanding.

    Jeff Ismail

2009 HCEA Antique Construction Equipment Show


Administrator & Owner
Staff member
2009 hcea antique construction equipment show

come to the historical construction equipment association's 24th annual International convention and old equipment exposition! Friday, sept. 18th through Sunday, sept. 20th, 2009!

The show features demonstrations of horse-drawn, gas and diesel-powered antique construction machinery, hit and miss engines, antique trucks, and much more! Equipment and vehicles built or powered by International Harvester is being featured, along with machines in the national construction equipment museum collection.

Unlike our past shows at the museum, we actually get to build something this year! Scrapers from the museum’s collection will join those owned by hcea members in digging a one-acre pond on the site, with the spoil being used to create a massive pile of dirt for the shovels and excavators.

Members of the black swamp chapter of the American truck historical society will be showing their vintage trucks on Saturday, and they’ll be joined by members from other chapters in the area.

We also feature historical displays, dozens of memorabilia vendors, an equipment and parts auction Friday evening (consignments invited), and a membership banquet on Saturday night, with tickets $20 for adults and $10 for children. Roy letourneau, son of r. G. Letourneau, will be the speaker.

Show hours are Friday, 9:00 to dark; Saturday, 9 to 5; Sunday, 9 to 3. Admission per person 12 or over is $5.00 daily or $10.00 for a weekend pass. The show will be held at the national construction equipment museum, 16623 liberty hi road, bowling green, ohio 43402. For more info, call the hcea at 419-352-5616 or e-mail us at tberry@hcea.net.

The historical construction equipment association (hcea), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is the only organization in the world dedicated to preserving and documenting for public education the history of the construction, dredging and surface mining equipment industries. We operate the national construction equipment museum in bowling green, ohio, and the museum includes a unique archives that encompasses sales literature, photographs, repair manuals, business records and more for over 2,600 manufacturers of such equipment from the 1870s to the present day.


america’s best value inn, (419) 352-1520, $69.95 per night (plus tax); $99.95 per night (plus tax) if homecoming weekend
a victory inn & suites, (419) 352-2521, $45.00 per night (plus tax)
best western falcon plaza motel, (419) 352-4671 or 1-800-western, $71.95 per night (plus tax)
holiday inn express hotel and suites, (419) 353-5500 or 1-800-holiday, $74.00 per night (plus tax)
knight’s inn, (419) 352-5211, $69.95 per night (plus tax)

for group rates at all hotels/motels, you must tell them you are staying for the “2009 historical construction equipment assoc. Convention.” all motels are within seven miles of the show. Primitive on-site camping is available for $15.00 per space per night.


New member
Re: 2009 HCEA Antique Construction Equipment Show UPDATES

important updates:

the Friday evening auction that was previously announced has been cancelled.

Golf carts will be available for rent on site. Make reservations at the golf cart company, 800-589-8833.

Banquet tickets must be ordered from our office at 419-352-5616 by September 9.

The fee for camping spaces is in addition to the admission fee.


New member

Steam-powered equipment is joining the lineup of machinery to be demonstrated at the historical construction equipment association’s 24th annual International convention and old equipment exposition in bowling green, ohio.

Operating steam equipment will be limited to owners pre-selected by the show committee, but the demonstrations of the equipment will be open to the public. Demonstrations will be pending submission of required paperwork by the owners.

The steam-powered equipment will join machinery drawn by horses and mules, a 1926 marion electric shovel, and a wide variety of gas- and diesel-powered equipment from the early through mid-1900s.

The show will be held at the hcea’s national construction equipment museum, 16623 liberty hi road, bowling green, ohio, from Friday, sept. 18th through Sunday, sept. 20th, 2009, and is open to the public.