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Toyota Cressida .....S.O.S!!!


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naveen2000

Posted 09 February 2005 - 06:16 AM

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Hi, Im new here & i need someone who knows and has any knowledge about
Toyota servicing especially old cars. I have a black 1982 Toyota Cressida
2.0 EFI manual transmission. The car actually belongs to my dad which he
used it since it was bought in the year 1982 and used it until he retired
from the government sector in the year 1999. Since then the car is left
inside the porch of my house, sometimes my dad just starts the car, but
wont drive around town back then. Now my dad has given me the keys to this
car and said that the car needs heavy repairs since it has not moved for
over 5 years. So, every now and then, i get in the car and play around
with the brakes, clutch, gas pedal, gearbox, the handbrake and sometimes
opening the hood, just to get the feeling that im actually driving this
car (embarassed just by saying that). My dad also said that during those
days of servicing this car, he has to take it sumwhere in Segambut since
he said that its a genuine Toyota servicing center to service this car
although I`m not sure about that. I also understand that this car is now a
collectors item. I want to bring this car back to life. Is there a nearer
place to service it instead to towing the car all the way to Segambut? Im
staying in Taman Tun Dr. Ismail. Please help. I would greatly appreciate
any suggestions and advice given. TQ

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AE101rulez

Posted 09 February 2005 - 08:32 AM

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wahh..got this kind of car stillmeh? Lastime, this Cressida i thought
usually used at airport before the Big G removed them and bring the the
laupek Wiras. Anyway, since it is so old, i dun think any Toyota Service
Center will accept it. Maybe you can try looking around your area to find
a good Mech.Smile

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naveen2000

Posted 09 February 2005 - 01:59 PM

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Can the car go for an complete engine transplant? After all, the engine is
obsolete. Im thinking of finding an engine around 4-5 years old, the
bigger the capacity the better. " 1JZ-GTE " is this a Toyota engine? If
so, where can i get it? Also, the car needs to do rewiring because the
dashboard electronisc is dead<no readings> and the transmission. I also
need a reputable mechanic who knows his stuffs in engine transplant for
old cars such as mine. Anyone? S.O.S!

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wglee

Posted 09 February 2005 - 11:51 PM

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The top model of your type of Cressida had an M-series 170bhp DOHC 2.8 EFi
engine from the Supra. If you can find a half-cut Supra (2nd generation),
Cressida, Mark II, Chaser or Crown which comes with the said engine (or
perhaps even the 3 litre version found in the 3rd generation Supra), the
transplant to your car should be straightforward.

On Toyota transplant jobs and maintenance of Toyotas, United Motors in
Sunway (next door to Garang Racing) is quite good. Ask for Ah Kiat.

By the way, in KL one can still see quite a few CKD Cressidas from the
early 80s which is the same car as yours except for a slight facelift in
front (bolder more upright grille). These CKD cars come with a 2.0 litre
in-line six cylinder engine. Your model (with the simpler and thus cleaner
nose design) was, I believe , a CBU and UMW-T (or was it known as Sejati
then?) did bring in quite a few units.

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naveen2000

Posted 10 February 2005 - 01:39 AM

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Thanks wglee!!! Your help is greatly appreciated. I'll be going there on
Saturday to check the place out. Toyota Cressida models did come to
Malaysia in the year 1982, just a few, maybe around 100 or 200 units i
suppose, until now i still see these cars, some badly damaged bodies,
others give out heavy smokes. Besides the 1JZ-GTE engine, how about
other engines like RB20 or RB26? My dad is thinking of transplanting a 2nd
hand Cefiro 3.0 engine into it but i dont think JPJ will be happy about
that. Surely JPJ make alot of noise.

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Posted 10 February 2005 - 12:17 PM

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For safety and to ensure JPJ would pass your car, you should try to aim
for a transplant job without major surgery to the engine mountings.
Putting a Nissan engine into a Toyota may well require such surgery.

By the way, I just realised I could be mistaken in my earlier comments -
since you say your Cressida has EFI, I think it`s probably the CKD 2.0 in-
line six cylinder model which came with EFI (the facelifted model with
the
upright bigger grille) and badged "GLi6" as, if I`m not wrong, the CBU
Cressidas imported officially into Malaysia had a carburettor-only 4
cylinder engine (the one with the pre-facelift, simpler nose design), and
was badged "GL".

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Posted 10 February 2005 - 12:26 PM

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By the way, Naveen, have you seen the Cressida model before yours? You
know, the one with 2 big circular headlights and 2 smaller squarish
auxiliary front lights, upright American-influenced chromed grille and
upright tailights? That model really looks cool! There are very few of
this model left on Malaysian roads. Borneo Motors sold them in Malaysia as
CKD units in the late 70s - they were a bit basic (they produced only
around 89bhp from a 2.0 SOHC carb engine and only had a 4 speed manual
gearbox) but looked really robust.



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Posted 10 February 2005 - 10:36 PM

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I think i may have seen few of those earlier Cressida models around
KL you described. That is real classic! an antique of this modern world.
Cressidas are big, why? the size of the Cressida`s hood is as big as the
Merc S-Class hood, why? maybe because Cressida models are designed to be
big in every way?? Muscle cars of those days? Before the modern Toyota
logo came out, old Toyota cars like mine has this star logo which was also
part of Toyota. Actually, i like the logo, has the class to it, i need to
find the similar logo everywhere because the star logo now on my car hood
is not visible anymore. Im curious, is there any custom shops in Malaysia
that custom make seats or rims. In US, there`s alot of custom shops for
cars that does just about anything(im sure everyone has Astro, theres this
program called MTV Pimp My Ride, then you know what i mean)I need to find
a shop that can restore the interior of the car(seats, dashboard,
electronic gauges, etc.) & make it look new from the showcase as if the
year was 1982, forgive me for being such a " kuno " person in the year
2005 *blushes*. Any existing shops? many thanks =)

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Posted 10 February 2005 - 10:53 PM

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naveen2000,

If i were you, i rather a Toyota engine because the engine is more
suitable in a toyota chasis compared to some Nissan RBs engines. If you
use toyota engines, the chances of fitting the engine into the chasis is
100% easier compared to fitting a different make engine into it.

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Posted 10 February 2005 - 11:31 PM

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maybe you can try this website, www.toyotacressida.com. Quite a
informative website.