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SYSK: Blake Wedeking restores 1941 tractor

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PLAINFIELD (KWWL) -

Blake Wedeking of Plainfield spent more than a year restoring an Allis-Chalmers 1941 Model C tractor.

It originally belonged to his grandfather, the late Robert Wedeking.

Blake never met his grandfather, but he seemed to always be drawn to this tractor, even as an eight-year-old playing hide and seek with his grandma.

"I'd always hide by it or act like I was driving it. I think that's what inspired me to do it," said Wedeking.

The 18-year-old bought the tractor from his grandma last summer. He immediately got to work. From getting the motor unstuck to tightening the steering so the front end wouldn't shake when he drove it.

"Everyday we were doing something with it constantly," said Wedeking.

Blake also sandblasted, primed and painted the Allis-Chalmers, keeping it as original as possible.

"It's Persian Orange #1, and that's what they used in the factory," he said.

Blake entered the restored tractor in the Bremer County Fair through his 4-H Club.

He received best in show, earning him a spot at the Iowa State Fair.

"I got a blue ribbon, which is first," said Wedeking.

Blake did get help from family and friends with the restoration project, which he's very grateful for. He also got some donations, like the tires, otherwise he spent all of his own money on the project.

So what did Grandma think of the finished tractor?

"She was an emotional wreck. She was very proud of the way it turned out, and she thought Grandpa would be very proud of how it turned out," said Wedeking.

Blake said even though he never knew his grandfather, this project brought him a little closer to him.

"I just feel like this is my piece of him," he said.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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