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 Post subject: '89 GX81 Cresta
PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 6:05 am 
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Just a teaser for now until I take delivery.

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 Post subject: Re: Daily drive
PostPosted: Sat Nov 01, 2014 10:37 pm 
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GX81 Cresta Super Lucent G

1G-GZE powered, so it's actually not too shabby for a ~1,600kg (3,500lb) car. Pretty simple setup with BC coilovers and a J160 gearbox from an IS200.

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 Post subject: Re: '88 GX81 Cresta
PostPosted: Sun Nov 02, 2014 10:51 am 
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Always liked that body style. Congrats!


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 Post subject: Re: '88 GX81 Cresta
PostPosted: Sun Nov 02, 2014 12:29 pm 

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I love it ! Nice !
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 Post subject: Re: '89 GX81 Cresta
PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2014 12:41 am 
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Pretty cool ride, and I don't presume you'll meet many like it in Aus... :tu:
Now is it the pic, or are you running massive negative camber on the front?

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 Post subject: Re: '89 GX81 Cresta
PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2014 4:00 am 
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Thanks, guys!

@Anders: There's a few other import Cresta/Mark II/Chaser getting around Australia, but they're not often a common sight. Also, it's just the picture I think. There's about 1.5-2° of camber in the front, but it's by no means massive, haha.

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 Post subject: Re: '89 GX81 Cresta
PostPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2014 1:45 am 
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Bought a wheel.

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Bought a knob.

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Also ordered a replacement passenger side tail light, as the one in the car has a bit of a crack in it, so it's leaking water in and rusting the light bulb terminals.

I've also be sussing out all the service items to do the 200k service, since it's currently on 187k at the moment, but it looks like getting the parts out of Japan shouldn't be too pricey, which is nice.

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 Post subject: Re: '89 GX81 Cresta
PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2014 9:17 pm 
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The plan is to run the AVS Model 6 once I find another 8J pair, as the 9J pair that I also have sit a tiny bit too far outside the guards for my liking. Not really a nostalgic wheel selection, but it'll fall into a late 90's/early 00's styling. I'll keep an eye out for some more period wheels to run as well, but for now I'll work with what I've already (half) got.

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 Post subject: Re: '89 GX81 Cresta
PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 5:21 am 
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Oh yeah. I replaced the temp gauge sender, so the dash gauge works again. I also sussed out the thermostat situation to see if anything locally delivered matches up, but so far it looks like I'll end up ordering a genuine item ex. Japan.

I did order a new set of coilpacks though, which did sting a little. One of the original coils died shortly after the previous owner took ownership of the car, so he ended up replacing it with a 7M-GTE item to get the car running again. While it works fine, I figured that if one of the coilpacks died, then the other two original ones still in the car are probably not that far off, so I'll be replacing them all and keeping the other two on hand as spares.

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 Post subject: Re: '89 GX81 Cresta
PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2014 8:03 am 
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Got my haul of parts in the mail the other day. Apparently I should have double checked the appropriate boss kits though, because I ordered the wrong one. I'll order the correct boss kit after Christmas/New year. I'm really chuffed with the wood gearknob though. It has a nice feel and it's cool to know it was handmade. The best part is that the wood itself is fragrant and smells amazing.

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Later that evening I accidentally another set of AVS.

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16×7J +30. Effectively the same as the GT-Rs, but an inch narrower. I'll get these cleaned up a bit and resprayed in pearl white and run them as my daily wheels.

I spent this afternoon replacing the coilpacks, leads and plugs and made an attempt to fix a couple of small vacuum leaks between the AFM and the throttle body. No real noticeable gain in power, but it does feel a lot smoother and less hesitant than before, which is nice. The two remaining original coilpacks were showing signs of dying with the outer casing starting to crack in places. Either way, I've got two usable spares still and it gives me some peace of mind knowing that the ignition side of things is up to scratch. No photographs, because it looks exactly the same under the bonnet.

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 Post subject: Re: '89 GX81 Cresta
PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2014 3:21 pm 
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1GG head is the first quad valve head Toyota ever put into production. The head is similar to a 4AG head, with the obvious extra 2 cylinders. The chambers are a bit smaller then a 4AG... the intakes and exhaust are similar in construction, but also a bit smaller. Similar porting gains can be found with that head..... :twisted:

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 Post subject: Re: '89 GX81 Cresta
PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2014 10:14 pm 
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The head also flows in the opposite direction, haha. I've pondered doing a little bit of work, but I just can't justify it. If the head ever has to come off later on, I'll probably do some port and chamber work, but I'm not planning on that happening anytime soon if I can avoid it. :)

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