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 Post subject: my first car/project 1980 mx32 cressida
PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 9:21 am 

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about 3 months ago i picked up my first car which is a mx32 cressy, shes the love of my life. im only 17 and dont have a job so im on a budget but i have big plans. Its an automatic with the 4-me but i plan on doing a 7mgte swap along with a full suspension rebuild. plus a little cosmetics here and there. ill be posting pictures and keep updating my progess on the car and hope you guys enjoy it as much as i do.
any advice on suspension swap would be wonderful


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 Post subject: Re: my first car/project 1980 mx32 cressida
PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 11:35 am 
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Look to the Shakotan Zombie thread for suspension tricks. Oh yeah, get some pics up! :P

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 Post subject: Re: my first car/project 1980 mx32 cressida
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What kind of suspension work do you plan to do? I may be able to give you some good tips if you want to lower with home built coilovers since I just built a pair off a 1982 Cressida.

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 Post subject: Re: my first car/project 1980 mx32 cressida
PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 6:49 am 
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> budget

do not go near a 7mgte swap.

just a piece of friendly advice.

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 Post subject: Re: my first car/project 1980 mx32 cressida
PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 1:34 pm 
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I 100% agree with lolumad. If your going to put any DOHC M in it then go 6MG, same displacement and better torque then a 7M without 80% of the nightmares involved with 7M's.

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 Post subject: Re: my first car/project 1980 mx32 cressida
PostPosted: Fri Nov 01, 2013 12:44 pm 
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i'd recommend NA 2jz. cheap, easy to find, easy to find parts for, makes good power, good mileage and great reliability. if you do this swap right the first time and take care of it after, the car might outlive you.

if you're going to the trouble of doing a swap to an efi motor, it just makes the most sense.

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lolmad speaks the truth! Preach on brother, preach on!

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 Post subject: Re: my first car/project 1980 mx32 cressida
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i was gonna send the front suspension to t3 and i have nooo clue what so ever about the back. And i thought the 2jz were really spendy


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I agree with the 2JZ option. Cheap, reliable and decent power. As for suspension, the cheapest would be to use the stock struts, get shorter dampers, and cut the struts to fit. Then weld threads for coilovers, replacing the stock springs. At the rear, just get slip on threads and make a coilover. You will need to space down the top mount, but it's pretty simple and works great.

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 Post subject: Re: my first car/project 1980 mx32 cressida
PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 7:04 am 
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let's be real OP: you're 17 years old and you've bought a car twice as old as you are. commendable that you'd like to keep it on the road, but it's going to be a commitment, and it's going to cost more and take more time to keep going than your average 17 year old's car. i hope you have the patience to stick with it.

let's see pics of the car in it's current condition.

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 Post subject: Re: my first car/project 1980 mx32 cressida
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lolumad wrote:
let's be real OP: you're 17 years old and you've bought a car twice as old as you are. commendable that you'd like to keep it on the road, but it's going to be a commitment, and it's going to cost more and take more time to keep going than your average 17 year old's car. i hope you have the patience to stick with it.

let's see pics of the car in it's current condition.


I totally agree with this, I'm 19 and own the same car. It takes dedication and saving lots of money but if you're really dedicated to building the x3 then don't let anything stand in your way! oh and I hope you're well versed in DIY because you'll need it.

Best of luck!

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 Post subject: Re: my first car/project 1980 mx32 cressida
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granet im only 17 but that gives me more to time to put into the car. I knew what i was getting into before i even got the car. its not something i plan on getting rid of any time soon at all. And suspension wise im not trying to just lower it, wanna do a full racing coilover conversion. ill be posting pictures soon :)


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 15, 2013 9:32 am 

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I totally agree with this, I'm 19 and own the same car. It takes dedication and saving lots of money but if you're really dedicated to building the x3 then don't let anything stand in your way! oh and I hope you're well versed in DIY because you'll need it.

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 Post subject: Re: my first car/project 1980 mx32 cressida
PostPosted: Fri Nov 15, 2013 11:31 am 
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racing coilover? you going to get your own threaded sleeves and custom springs for the front, cut/shut the tubes shorter? what rates you going with? what dampers? what's your plan for the rear suspension? what kind of racing you planning on doing with it?

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