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Old 02-05-2010, 11:10 PM   #1
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Default The Loss of a Friend.

Well, I don't want to be "that" guy... the one who is too attached to a car for his own good. The one who actually cares about his car, and in a sense more than "I don't want to curb a wheel", or "don't nick my paint".... but honestly, I am that guy.

We all have cars that we consider "our baby"... and for me, that has always been my e36. I bought the e28 as a replacement for a daily driver.

I didn't know getting in to it that this e28 was going to become such a part of who I am. I changed the way I look at cars. It changed the way that people look at me. To many it was just another car on the bandwagon... and that's cool with me... but I never expected my car to become a conversation piece.... something to be argued over for pages and pages, month after month across the web. A magazine feature? Two? I had ever in my wildest dreams thought it would happen... after all, it was just a car.



Most of you know that about a year ago, I lent the car to a friend.... Back then, it was a solidly clean car, with no real flaws... until it was abruptly stopped by a semi truck, resulting in not only the A-pillar damage that you still see today, but a crushed front end that I put back together using a parts car I had at the time.

That accident was the rebirth of my car. I marked a moment in time where it went from an asset to a canvas. I had no excuse not to go "all the way" with it... and so I did. Okay, yeah, cool, I rusted a car. A lot of other people have too, and we all know that.

Rusty was more than just a hipstermobile to me though. Rusty honestly led me to some of the greatest friendships I have today... scratch that.. ALL of the friendships I maintain today have some rooting involved with this stupid car. It's done more than drive me coast-to-coast, it has never let me down during any of it. This car is a champ- and I beat the hell out of it too.



Honestly, if it wasn't for Rusty, this site wouldn't be here. It simply wouldn't exist.

I'm going on and on about stuff and haven't really given any info yet, so I'll explain it the best I can.

Ever since the accident a year ago, the front driver's side tire has worn a bit differently than the others. The clearance to the fender was a little different than before, but nothing to alarm me. After all, this car was deemed "totaled".

It wasn't until last week that I took the car to a friend's shop, and while there, and inspecting the car for the first time, we realized that the frame up there is tweaked. Hard.

I brushed it off as if it were nothing. Honestly, I didn't care in the least...
but after close inspection, the body has been cracking a bit, and its starting to separate.

I wanted to ignore it.
I really, really wanted to ignore it.
Bad.

I said to myself "it's been fine all along, It'l be fine. I'll drive it until it falls apart".

A few days ago, my best friend slipped through my hands, so to speak. Gracefully sliding my way over a speed bump, shit went to hell.

I don't really know what else to say right now. I towed her home one last time. The motor comes out tomorrow- it's going to Nic and Steph for the Bavaria build. Webb is taking the suspension for his car. The wheels will go into storage until another day, down the road when I feel like a car is worthy of following up Rusty's footsteps.

I'm depressed over this. Best car I've ever owned. Hand down.
There's a constant joke going on among friends that I owe this car for everything its done for me... and its true.

I made a video today. It's lame, but I wanted to do one last "shoot".

So here it is- Rusty, this one's for you.

http://vimeo.com/9245342
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Old 02-05-2010, 11:13 PM   #2
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video link doesnt work for me. But so sad to see it go!
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Old 02-05-2010, 11:15 PM   #3
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Damn, RIP rusty.

This car made a huge impression on me and was the reason I joined SW.

I hope you get another project as badass as Rusty was soon. Good luck and again, RIP.
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Old 02-05-2010, 11:19 PM   #4
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Hell yea it did damn good traveling across country. There will never be a story like this in a long time. Look at the good memoeries and not the bad. U can be like, my car was splitting in two and I drove over 1000+ miles
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Old 02-05-2010, 11:20 PM   #5
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ooo man i dig this car..... RIP
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Old 02-05-2010, 11:23 PM   #6
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Damn, RIP rusty.

was the reason I joined SW.

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Same here...prob one of the best BMW iv seen...good luck on whatever your planning
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Old 02-05-2010, 11:25 PM   #7
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R.i.p :/
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Old 02-05-2010, 11:27 PM   #8
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It made an amazing run though and will never be forgotten. Rusty is the shit. It looks so dope in these pics too. You should post a pic of it in every one of it's different styles in memory of her.

The one good thing that comes out of this is we get to see what m.burroughs comes out with next haha.
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Old 02-05-2010, 11:28 PM   #9
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Really sad to see it go It lived a good, long life and everything it started will live on.
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Old 02-05-2010, 11:29 PM   #10
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Wow man. Im at lost for words. I remember being on bimmerforums and seeing Rusty for the first time. Ever since then my views on cars has changed. I would never have thought a rusted e28 would do that. Hell, I even wrote a english paper on Rusty a few weeks ago. RIP
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Old 02-05-2010, 11:29 PM   #11
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Loved rusty in all his iterations. This car honestly deserves a eulogy to commemorate all the BMW popularity and publicity it's brought us over the past few months.
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Old 02-05-2010, 11:29 PM   #12
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here's another pic

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Old 02-05-2010, 11:34 PM   #13
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Old 02-05-2010, 11:35 PM   #14
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Dude, finally. It's about time this thing was put out of it's misery.
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Old 02-05-2010, 11:41 PM   #15
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ROFL AHAHAHAHAHAHA Mike and I were just talking about how people would say that.
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Old 02-05-2010, 11:42 PM   #16
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Dont sweat it mike. Rusty is a legend and because of that will be immortal in a lot of peoples eyes. it has been a TRUE inspiration and catalyst im glad to have seen it in person.

so heres to you Rusty. Cheers.
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The one good thing that comes out of this is we get to see what m.burroughs comes out with next haha.
Can't wait for that.

RIP Rusty/Jules.

It was good seeing Rusty IRL.
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Old 02-05-2010, 11:49 PM   #18
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cant believe it...so sad
RIP rusty.
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Old 02-05-2010, 11:51 PM   #19
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Cant be too bummed, the car is one of the most famous cars of the internet. Lived a very full and complete life.
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Ok guys, here's a small hint of what a downgrade ugly Rusty is getting replaced by.

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Old 02-06-2010, 12:01 AM   #21
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sorry for your loss man!
it will be missed!
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Old 02-06-2010, 12:09 AM   #22
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damn, so sad to see it go... def an iconic car for me.
any pics of the damage?
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Old 02-06-2010, 12:16 AM   #23
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Damn that really sucks! I'm glad I got to admire the car in person while it still lived.
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Old 02-06-2010, 12:19 AM   #24
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its a shame to see it gone, its definatly going to be one of the most famous bmw's of all time.
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Old 02-06-2010, 12:20 AM   #25
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what are you doing with it? junkyard? bed? BBQ? outside table? trailer?
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