I have just purchased a 1979 Model MX32 Cressida. (Pics at bottom) It has the 4M and a 3-speed auto. It has 127,000 original km's and is stock apart from some (ugly) alloy rims. The interior is mint and the A/C is ice-cold! The 2.6 is smooth as silk and it is a joy to drive.
Since I'm new to the forum just like to say hello. I have ideas about what I want to do with this car, but not sure if they are realistic. If there are any other Cressida drivers out there please don't hesitate to give me some ideas please.
The vinyl roof is interesting, although a few mates and my gf think it's retro and thus cool. Personally I believe it would look sleeker without. Has anyone had experience with vinyl roof removal and rust removal/respraying?
Secondly, the wheels need to be changed to something a good deal wider to fill the arches and it's stance needs to be more aggressive. Any ideas, keeping the period of the car in mind? In addition, the ride is superb but there's too much body roll in corners. Any way to reduce this?
Third, is there a 4 speed auto that would fit into this model fairly easily? The 3speed is mechanically fine but I find that freeway driving has me sitting on 4000rpm for 110km/h. It seems a bit high to me.
Fourth, performance. Anything that will give it a little more poke would be good, and if there's a good exhaust to take advantage of the 4M's lovely sound.
My apologies if this is a little vague, but am keen to turn this into a nice JDM style cruiser.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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