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Richard Petty's 1968 Road Runner

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People who have been around at least a half a century and have followed NASCAR too much of their life, know about Richard Petty's cheated up 1968 Road Runner that almost lost it's roof. The car's sheet metal roof was acid dipped to lighten it, then painted with textured vinyl to hide the thin metal and this led to a failure of the body at speed. This is my replica of that car before the race. It was built in the '90s before I had the internet, using pictures from some books and probably the guide in the decals. I can't even remember who made the decals. I know it has mistakes and does not match the car as it was prepared. I think it was my second old build Petty car after my AMT 69 Talladega. Probably built soon after the AMT Roadrunner was released. I bought a bunch of them and GTXs. Like all these old cars I'm unboxing, it could use a good cleaning. The grey spots on the chassis, and the dark spots on the body are where the old Squadron White? putty has failed to cure and the paint has come off, or discolored all these years later.

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That's pretty cool, thanks for sharing it! B)

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Very nice, Tim and I did not know the story about the Roof...

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On 6/18/2020 at 5:52 PM, THarrison351 said:

People who have been around at least a half a century and have followed NASCAR too much of their life, know about Richard Petty's cheated up 1968 Road Runner that almost lost it's roof. The car's sheet metal roof was acid dipped to lighten it, then painted with textured vinyl to hide the thin metal and this led to a failure of the body at speed. This is my replica of that car before the race. It was built in the '90s before I had the internet, using pictures from some books and probably the guide in the decals. I can't even remember who made the decals. I know it has mistakes and does not match the car as it was prepared. I think it was my second old build Petty car after my AMT 69 Talladega. Probably built soon after the AMT Roadrunner was released. I bought a bunch of them and GTXs. Like all these old cars I'm unboxing, it could use a good cleaning. The grey spots on the chassis, and the dark spots on the body are where the old Squadron White? putty has failed to cure and the paint has come off, or discolored all these years later.

06022015192-vi.jpg

0602201519a2-vi.jpg

0602201520a2-vi.jpg

0602201520b2-vi.jpg

06022015202-vi.jpg

0602201521-vi.jpg

06022015222-vi.jpg

The real story about that car as told to me by Maurice Petty when I worked for Dodge Motorsports is that the car was narrowed 2 inches!!!!!!!!!

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