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12-04-2011, 04:40 AM
My name is ross ruiz and this is my car.

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It's a 1981 bmw 320i. I picked it up in 2009.

I saw an ad on craigslist for a "old bmw" the seller said it had sat for years, that was enough for me to take a trip from michigan to indiana, I pulled up into his driveway. looked under the hood. Paid him $600. bought a vaccum hose. drove it home. It wasn't just a good deal price-wise, It was a 1 owner, 58,000 mile, 5 speed with full history.

only on craigslist.

anyways, this is going to be a long term project with a bmw heritage theme.

and my winter reality is: shave, drop, wheels. done

I really enjoy this community, I love the passion and the cars.

thanks. -ross

12-04-2011, 05:38 AM
Ross, love it!! Really excited to see this progress!

12-04-2011, 08:41 AM
Good luck with the build! Looks like you got a very nice base.

12-04-2011, 10:23 AM
What plans do you have for this beautiful car then?:)

12-04-2011, 02:03 PM
Welcome to sw, from tumblr

12-04-2011, 02:09 PM
Awesome tumblr btw. Looking forward to the build.

Welcome to StanceWorks

12-04-2011, 02:33 PM
Holy fuck that's an amazing deal!
Can't wait to see what you do with it

12-04-2011, 06:20 PM
thanks guys, and what im thinking for the car is this:

No engine swaps. tune the m10 like the factory or alpina did:
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For the wheels im thinking OEM bmw bbs turbo fan style wheels. Im pretty shure there euro only and a 5 lug swap will be needed. but oh well.
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Then a healthy drop on gc coilovers.
And this winter Im shaving the front end and fender bolts. prepping and painting.
come spring a euro rear bumper will be in the works.
and for other odds and ends:
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Scheel Mann plaid seats.
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An ash tray delete with these.
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enrico nardi classic.
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And the hard to find big rubber spoiler. I might have to get an 02 turbo one though.

My taste is odd I know. but I think it will work.

12-04-2011, 07:13 PM
I like where this is going.

And the hard to find big rubber spoiler.
btw, there is one on german ebay: http://www.ebay.de/itm/Original-Heckspoiler-BMW-Motorsport-BMW-3er-E21-Teile-Nr-5171-2205435-9-/280784567459?pt=DE_Autoteile&hash=item4160107ca3

12-04-2011, 07:17 PM
I like where this is going.
btw, there is one on german ebay: http://www.ebay.de/itm/Original-Heckspoiler-BMW-Motorsport-BMW-3er-E21-Teile-Nr-5171-2205435-9-/280784567459?pt=DE_Autoteile&hash=item4160107ca3

The motorsport roundel is stamped on it. Im bidding.

12-04-2011, 07:18 PM
Good taste. I really like it. You may want to consider adapters over a 5lug swap though.

12-04-2011, 07:20 PM
thanks stephen. adapters sound like a plan. any recommendations on brands?

12-04-2011, 07:27 PM
The motorsport roundel is stamped on it. Im bidding.
But he doesnt offer shipping at all?

12-04-2011, 07:34 PM
But he doesnt offer shipping at all?

emailed him.

12-04-2011, 07:47 PM
also p4ddy I enjoy your 1er very much. if only we got the hatch in the states....(sigh)

12-04-2011, 08:09 PM
Adaptec is most likely your best bet for those. They're a site sponsor to boot.

12-04-2011, 09:10 PM
sounds good. ill get in touch with them.

12-04-2011, 09:16 PM
i like this car.

12-05-2011, 12:02 AM
i like this car.

I like your sig.

12-05-2011, 12:26 AM
holy shit.
one day im gonna have an epic craigslist find like this. still waiting on that day. :(
cant wait to see the progress on this thing, gonna be dope

12-05-2011, 01:03 AM
In michigan 10 out of 10 people think old euros are junk.

I just emailed a guy with a 1964 Mercedes sel Fintail, mint.

$650. needs a brake master cylinder....

people are throwing away priceless cars.

Oh well more for us.

12-05-2011, 06:12 PM
Wow, a lot of people are getting into E21's.

Nice car! :alright

Mr. Gumby
12-27-2011, 01:03 PM
Very nice. Let us know about the wheel adapters when you get them.

12-27-2011, 04:31 PM
Very nice score, I love all of the period correct mods you have planned

12-28-2011, 12:08 AM
that interior looks minty!

12-28-2011, 05:50 AM
looks awesome!
i wish mine was in that good of shape