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Thread: Norwegian Toyota Cressida RX30 2JZ-GE project

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    Norwegian Toyota Cressida RX30 2JZ-GE project

    Hi guys.

    After selling my AE86 drifter back in 2005 and not really had a proper drifter since then, I decided it was time to get back on the horse. After thinking long and hard about what kind of project I was looking for, I decided to go old school and build Norways first proper old school shakotan drifter.

    I've always loved vintage cars. My daily driver for the last two summers has been a 1965 VW beetle, and I've owned several vintage cars over the years. Mostly aircooled, but also an '81 Cressida wagon, and a '76 Crown 2600. As I'm not a mechanic, I find modern cars too annoying to work on. There are just too many stupid solutions and no room to work. I can change the engine in my Beetle in less than half an hour, but when it comes to anything made after 1990, I usually get frustrated and give up.

    So the first criteria for my new project was that it had to be simple and old school (just like me). As I hate it when my cars brake down it also had to be reliable. So when I came across a solid '77 Cressida RX30 with only one previous owner I didn't even bother to negotiate the price. And boy was I lucky. Apart from the occational dent and scratch, it's as good as new. The car has done 156 000km, and been serviced every 20k. Basically it's the best possible base for a nice project. Not mint, but really, really solid.

    I only have this one picture for now, but will try to take some better ones tomorrow.



    Besides being a solid car to begin with, it's also very light, and has plenty of room for a straight 1JZ swap. It will also allow me to run 15" wheels, saving me some money on tyres. Finally, it will stand out! I'm sick of all the Soarers and Supras and S-bodies. Time to bring some style to the norwegian drift scene!

    My plans for the car (besides the 1JZ/R154 swap) is to fit coilover suspension, Soarer/SC300 brakes and steering rack, and strippe out the interior and fit a proper cage. All while keeping the modifications to a minimum. Every modification will be for handling or reliability. If it ain't broken etc...

    I'm really looking forward to this project and I hope it will be a fun one for you guys to follow as well. This thread will hopefully work as both a motivator and a resource for me! I'm pretty sure I need all the help I can get. In fact, I have a few questions right away:

    1. What size wheels will fit under the stock arches? I'm willing to roll them, but I don't want to fit wider overfenders or anything like that. I'm looking at the Rota Shakotan (Hayashi Street replicas) in 15x9" ET0. Will that work with slammed suspension?

    2. What's the best base for a coilover setup? AE86? Celica/Celica Supra? MX73? From what I've been able to figure out, there's no straight fit, but the less work needed, the better

    That's it for now. Will post more pics of the car in it's current state very soon!

    Regards,
    Fredrik Sørlie
    Norway

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    Re: Norwegian Toyota Cressida RX30 1JZ Drifting project

    Found an old picture of me drifting the old Crown


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    Re: Norwegian Toyota Cressida RX30 1JZ Drifting project

    As far as the 1jz swap itself goes, check out JZXproject.com as there is years worth of knowledge in threads there. We just recently did a 1jz swap on my brothers 91 cressida and its turned into one of my favorite cars to ride in now.

    viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7142 As for everything else, Toji's car is a good place to start.

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    Re: Norwegian Toyota Cressida RX30 1JZ Drifting project

    Thanks. I've collected a lot of bookmarks allready

    The swap seems to be pretty straight forward. From what I can tell, all we should need are custom mounts and some mods to the subframe. The rest should bolt pretty much straight in.

    As the car is really solid, I don't want to customize more than absolutely necessary. So if there are any bolt on coilover kits available, that would be my preferred choice

    Here's a quick photoshop mod of how I image it will look in a week or two. Still not sure about the final look, but I REALLY like onlyCressida4me's MX32 "Bella". However, I know that white is a pita to photograph on track, so I might go for bright yellow. Unless I keep the original color that is


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    Re: Norwegian Toyota Cressida RX30 1JZ Drifting project

    Some more inspiration. 8)





    Interesting choice for a drift car. Are parts for these easy to source though? I wouldn't think a car like this would be the best choice for a drifter due to availability or parts. I guess since you're swapping out engine, suspension, brakes etc you shouldn't have a problem.

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    Re: Norwegian Toyota Cressida RX30 1JZ Drifting project

    Quote Originally Posted by slims
    Interesting choice for a drift car. Are parts for these easy to source though? I wouldn't think a car like this would be the best choice for a drifter due to availability or parts. I guess since you're swapping out engine, suspension, brakes etc you shouldn't have a problem.
    I think we should be ok. The only parts that may be hard to replace are bodyparts and glass/trim. For the rest we will fit parts from more common cars, like the hachi.

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    Re: Norwegian Toyota Cressida RX30 1JZ Drifting project

    Serial Nine coilovers are as close as you get to "bolt-on" coilovers. Worth every penny. I would love to see my brother get a set for his '91 but our megans are working well enough :3

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    Re: Norwegian Toyota Cressida RX30 1JZ Drifting project

    Quote Originally Posted by Tofuik
    Serial Nine coilovers are as close as you get to "bolt-on" coilovers. Worth every penny. I would love to see my brother get a set for his '91 but our megans are working well enough :3
    some other members have ae86 coilovers on there cressida no mods needed.

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    Re: Norwegian Toyota Cressida RX30 1JZ Drifting project

    man where is Lloyd when you need him. He's got the only set of SerialNines on an x3 right now. But he also did a IRS swap for the rear from his x6 cressy. He's on here toji004 his build thread here viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7142

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    Re: Norwegian Toyota Cressida RX30 1JZ Drifting project

    HERE I AM TO SAVE THE DAY !!!
    jk...
    same story man, sold my ae86 in 2001... been wanting to drift since then and built my mx32 to what it is today...5 years in the making.lol. not an easy road WHATSOEVER ill tell you that much
    any questions...let me know

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