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Hey guys,

This is my first post and also first build. I recently got my hands on a kit my father had when I was a child, so pretty near to my heart. Bob Glidden was his favorite racer of the time and as you could probably guess, he was mine as well. I had a chance to meet Bob, Rusty, and Billy Glidden all on separate occasions throughout my life...so hopefully I don't botch this kit too bad. I'm only doing some basic modifications. Turning the Boss engine that came with the kit into a fuel injected ProCharged situation. No fancy airbrushing, as my wife won't let me spend extra money on an airbrush lol. I'll continue to update as i go forward, but this is where im at. Any feedback is welcome. Hope you all are blessed.

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Looks real good so far.I too was a huge fan of the late great Bob Glidden.I met him,and got an autograph at E-town back in the 90s.But of course i lost the autograph.Are u going to paint it in the Motorcraft colors or some other paint job?U can actually pick up a decent inexpensive air brush gun at Hobby Lobby,or even Harbor Freight…Keep the pics coming.👍

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Looks like you’re off to a good start.  Super guy, Bob Glidden.  I first met him at a service station outside Columbus, Ohio after a points meet there in the mid 60’s.  He was driving this rig ( not my photo).

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3 hours ago, NYLIBUD said:

Looks real good so far.I too was a huge fan of the late great Bob Glidden.I met him,and got an autograph at E-town back in the 90s.But of course i lost the autograph.Are u going to paint it in the Motorcraft colors or some other paint job?U can actually pick up a decent inexpensive air brush gun at Hobby Lobby,or even Harbor Freight…Keep the pics coming.👍

I'm actually thinking of candy lime pearl by tamiya but my mind isn't completely made up. Definitely something simple and not the original. Even thought of a color similar to Fletcher Cox's Gold Dust Fox. 🤷🏽‍♂️

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1 hour ago, R. Thorne said:

Looks like you’re off to a good start.  Super guy, Bob Glidden.  I first met him at a service station outside Columbus, Ohio after a points meet there in the mid 60’s.  He was driving this rig ( not my photo).

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He truly was a stand up guy. Somewhere in my archives is a picture of myself, him, and Rusty...and another with Billy...but I've not a clue where to find them. 30+ years and 10+ moves ago...I'll find them one day. 

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6 hours ago, Zippi said:

That Thunderbird is looking good.  I was always a big fan of Bob Glidden.  I loved to see him go up against Warren Johnson and betting him.

Some of my earliest memories of being at the track were watching him and WJ go head to head. Awesome rivalry. 

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