Restoration and Preservation

Restore a 1917 Buckeye Model D Trencher: Volunteers Needed

Join Our Project at Simcoe County Museum

We’re on a mission to restore a 1917 Buckeye Model D Trencher, a rare historical piece with only three known in existence. Post-pandemic, our progress has slowed, and we need your skills and enthusiasm to get back on track.

Who We Need:

Why Volunteer?

  • Contribute to preserving a unique piece of heavy equipment history
  • Collaborate with a team of dedicated volunteers
  • Enhance your mechanical skills in a hands-on environment



The Historical Construction Equipment Association of Canada (HCEAC) is dedicated to preserving and restoring construction equipment artifacts through the support of our community and passionate members.

Donations & Support

All artifacts are donated, and restoration is done at the Simcoe County Museum (SCM) or members’ homes. We rely on donated supplies, labor, and transportation services.

Weekly Work Party

We host a “Work Party” at the SCM every Wednesday from 10 am until dark. Special event work days are listed on our Event List. Members are welcome to drop in and join our maintenance group.

Combined Fleet Care

Our maintenance group oversees our “combined fleet” care, spending several days each spring and fall preparing and winterizing the equipment.

Get Involved

Join the HCEA in preserving Canada’s construction heritage. Participate in our weekly Work Party or donate supplies to help maintain our historical equipment fleet. Together, we’ll keep history alive.