I have a pic of one with celica-supra rims on it, pm me your email and ill send it to you tonight. It looks good btw.
The 400 dollar deal wasnt that bad. The body was 90 percent straight which was my major concern no major front end collisions. No rust.
So far my expenses have been as follows...
New(old) fuel pump 40 bucks
Alternator rebuild 40 bucks
Battery 80 bucks
Intake 200 bucks
Exhaust and Cat 520 (300 of that was rip off install fees at Midas)
Plugs 15 bucks or so
Got some free freon
Still need brakes, steering rack boots, its own wheels and tires.
Id much rather take a straight body with mechanical problems then the other way around, so this worked out for me.
I live in Palm Springs where its nasty hot. The 86' and newer came with a electric condenser fan which mine did not and occasionally if im in stop and go traffic it does get hot. Maybe my fan clutch is out, I dont know, im just going to thow and electric one on anyways.
Plenty of people have done the manual swap. Its REALLY easy if you find a donor because the Cressida did come in manual. They are just super rare. If you cant find a donor you would have to buy a clutch assembly off of somone, get the bellhousing and box, you will also need a custom length driveshaft.
on toyotacressida.net this stuff pops up for sale quite often.
I dont think I will do the 7MGTE swap. Too much wiring work. Also 5M's themselves are rather cheap. I plan on keeping it auto.
Im going to get the 7MGTE Manifold, grind the carner to make it clear the power steeringpump, get a stock ct26 turbo, limit boost to 6psi, use a 7mgte metal head gasket to lower compression a little, add a Rising Rate Fuel Pressure regulator, get a cheap ebay intercooler, and add an MSD Boost-Timing Retard kit.
There is a thread on tcnet by a guy named demuro that did it and he is just using the stock fuel system no RRFPR, no timing adjust, he just adjusted the AFM a bit, odnt know how long it will last but, the car seems to be running moderate well and he has givin it some decent track time and put up some videos.
1974 Celica ST 18RG "Eduardo"