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 Post subject: 1985 Toyota Cressida Luxury Wagon Build
PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 12:31 pm 
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Well, I've owned this car for a few years now, and I'm ready to start doing something with it, so why not throw up a build thread to track progress?

She keeps my 73 Corona Wagon company.
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Found this car on Club4AG and couldn't say no. Previous owner was joshiroku, he did a great job with it. Started off as another minty white Cressida wagon, interior is amazing.

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Josh did some nice work, making it a daily-able clean car. Front is on coils, rear is on bags (no on-board compressor). Wheels are XXR with some nice dish. They work for now, but I'm looking for some SSRs for her. It has an intake and exhaust, nice sound system, 12% tint in the back 30% in the front, tranny cooler, tow hitch, and is just an overall clean, fun, reliable car.

175k miles and climbing. Still reliable enough to drive to work (70 mile trip). Love Toyotas.

Here's the bags zero'd out vs. inflated (for state inspection, lol):
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With no air, the car has some reverse rake. If I were to keep it like that, I'd have to wind down the front coils a bit. I think I'm going to keep them aired up half-way though, as my spine can't take the hits these days.

Driveways are fun when the bags are empty, luckily the tow hitch takes the hit. The pavement in front of my driveway has many battle scars:
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Notice my neighbor has the old Japanese wagon fever, too.

She's been pretty much in storage for the last year or so, but last weekend I got her our, put some air in the bags, re-tinted the front (couldn't pass an inspection, heh) and refilled the AC system. I couldn't be happier cruising around town. She always turns heads and gets comments.

Future plans include:
    New wheels (eyeing some SSR mesh, would like to PC them white)
    Bagging the front and getting an on-board compressor
    Rolling the fenders a little
    Fixing the rear bumper (have two spares ready for paint)
    Nardi
    Throw on a spare NOS JAF emblem
    Clean up some small trim issues

That should just about do it.

Here's her last weekend at the farm:
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 Post subject: Re: 1985 Toyota Cressida Luxury Wagon Build
PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 9:25 pm 

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Nice wagons! Anymore pics of the 73 Corona?

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 Post subject: Re: 1985 Toyota Cressida Luxury Wagon Build
PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 9:31 pm 
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Thanks!

Check here for more of the Corona: http://japanesenostalgiccar.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=19194&start=0

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 Post subject: Re: 1985 Toyota Cressida Luxury Wagon Build
PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 3:31 am 
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Ooh, looking forward to this. Love the work you did to the Corona :tu:

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 Post subject: Re: 1985 Toyota Cressida Luxury Wagon Build
PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2013 12:32 pm 

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Haven't seen this since it was at Josh's! You are right- this thing was in VERY good condition. Josh and I have always seen eye to eye on car projects, my Super Datsun, his Carolla, etc. Sweet find for sure! I have missed his recent work on the AE86 with the Ford turbo 4 since I moved.
Best of luck!
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 Post subject: Re: 1985 Toyota Cressida Luxury Wagon Build
PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2013 12:34 pm 
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Bob H wrote:
Haven't seen this since it was at Josh's! You are right- this thing was in VERY good condition. Josh and I have always seen eye to eye on car projects, my Super Datsun, his Carolla, etc. Sweet find for sure! I have missed his recent work on the AE86 with the Ford turbo 4 since I moved.
Best of luck!
Bobby

Josh finds the cleanest cars, it's insane. Also, that new 86 he's building is AWESOME.

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 Post subject: Re: 1985 Toyota Cressida Luxury Wagon Build
PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 9:06 am 
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Not much work going on with this car, but it's still giving me stress-free fun.

Finally tracked down a set of quads:
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Have a GX71 front bumper on the way to match the quad headlights, looking forward to getting that all together.

Here's a pic someone took at Houston Coffee & Cars earlier this month:
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 Post subject: Re: 1985 Toyota Cressida Luxury Wagon Build
PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2013 6:53 pm 
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Finally tracked down a set of quads:

Are the quad lights and grill from a US model Cressida?

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 Post subject: Re: 1985 Toyota Cressida Luxury Wagon Build
PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2013 6:57 pm 
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whit wrote:
Finally tracked down a set of quads:

Are the quad lights and grill from a US model Cressida?

Nope, they're from Japanese Models.

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 Post subject: Re: 1985 Toyota Cressida Luxury Wagon Build
PostPosted: Fri Nov 29, 2013 11:26 pm 
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Yeah those quad headlights are from a 85 or 86 Toyota Cresta.

Beautiful wagon man :) I have two white MX73's myself.


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 Post subject: Re: 1985 Toyota Cressida Luxury Wagon Build
PostPosted: Mon Jan 20, 2014 10:23 am 
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Finally got my front-end goodies (please excuse my ratty goat cage, :lol: ).
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It's a front cut right behind the rad. Has a clean GX71 bumper, another grill/headlight setup, fenders, lip, etc. Not sure how much of it I'm going to use yet, need to think it through. Glad I finally have it all, though. Next parts on the radar are slimline rear bumper (already have a few clean USDM ones in case), MarkII badges, parking lights, etc.

Took the car out to the racetrack yesterday to meet up with the previous owner and see him time trial in his insane 86. Then used it to haul a bunch of crap instead of my truck, it really carries a lot. Car was on the road for about three and half hours, with no issues, as usual. Love this car.
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