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  1. battleaxe

    Curse of the Cressida

    and just like that, sold the bike
  2. battleaxe

    Curse of the Cressida

    definitely not leaving the great white north as our families are here, we own a house and baby is growing up. Wouldn't live anywhere else other than the UK, but really that's the same as here but with more rain. My wife has family over there are we were going to see them in 2020 then the world shut down. I would get a Toyota tomorrow if the prices weren't so insane on them and the maintenance was actually done. Common issues with Toyotas locally (and Honda's) is that people think they don't have to due routine maintenance and then they have 300k on the clock and everything needs replacing/leaking/not working. 4Runner's always cross my mind but man they're in terrible shape up here, or someone wants 20k for their not rusted one (2nd/3rd gen). BUt really, outside of the actual 4wd, there isnt much difference to the crv in terms of space, useability and capability. I also prefer the look of my CRV to the comparables. So here I stay. My mum did mention shes looking to give us her 2013? Ford Edge. Its fully loaded and a nice looking vehicle. Its still new enough to be nice and modern, and looks to be serviceable too. She's waiting for cars to actually be available at the dealerships to do this whole thing so I'm not holding my breath. At that time we will change some things up around here too.
  3. battleaxe

    Curse of the Cressida

    You're not wrong. S13 is long time drift car I want to finish, and make nice..finally paint a drift car. Supra is the classic and car I'd like to drive on weekends as I don't think I'd drift it much after this. Cressida...really fucking hate this car but I want to finish it and enjoy it..finally. I don't like it because of the no start issue being random. Honestly I'm out of ideas after I swap in this new battery. Civic is my basic daily that always works, real cheap on gas, I have no big plans for it other than continue driving it forever. D21 is a truck...everyone needs a truck. Ls400 is a motor swap with functional wheels. I made it better because I wanted to drive it around safely and test the motor to swap it to the d21. I have put only that basic maintenance to the motor as I will use that motor...the chassis, I don't care about and why I keep driving it at this point, coming to an end soon. Crv, it's the family hauler that just works, good in snow, cheap enough I don't care if it gets hit etc. It's up to date with all major maintenance and if it gets destroyed, who cares. Do I need 3 drift cars? No. But up to last year I drove every year and haven't stopped since 2008, and have driven a lot of different vehicles and adapted my skills to reflect that. I will never be able to justify my choices, but I always have transportation when I need it. I work on one car at a time so I'm not overwhelmed outside of maintenance or items that come up. I've thought about selling nearly all of them and cashing out and buying a newer car, but like...fuck my life. That's a large loan, debt, never been in debt outside my mortgage, and it will break down and will have to be serviced at a dealer as I will likely be unable to fix due to modern changes, no dip sticks, everything being digital and needing a machine to do the task... am I really ahead? And to buy back in to this non sense...might as well take out the same massive loan as these new cars. I work for our government insurance here, i am an estimator and see the damage to all kinds of cars, read all the files, and modern crash safety is...different. This isn't a 70s Japanese car that folds in half, and it's not a 70s American car that doesn't move and breaks your body. I get where you're coming from and take no offence as this is the common reaction to me still doing my hobbies and also having a family life. I haven't touched cars in a few weeks and at that time I had to as the crv needed a water pump, so I did a full service. I spend a couple hundred bucks every few months if that and haven't made a big purchase, $1k+ in nearly 4 yrs. the ls400 was $750 and I'll be able to make that all back by selling the cats, parting out bits and pieces then junking it. And all of last year I didn't do any driving as she was born in July. My focus is on my family and leave my hobby all the time. Cache 22 of being a moron I guess. That bike can leave any day and I wouldnt care as I'll likely never go for my bike license..again
  4. battleaxe

    Curse of the Cressida

    a year of posts in a few minutes lol, giver a send off then eh
  5. battleaxe

    Curse of the Cressida

    really been lacking motivation to do much of anything lately. started with getting some tents. put them up with some friends on the wettest day all year. they were up for...3? weeks...then we got snow fall, which started fine, brush it once before work and once when i get home from work. But one night it really came down and i came down with a bad headache, and went to bed at 7pm. looked outside and thought it was fine. woke up the next am at 5 or so and found my tents collapsed. great. the one day i needed to brush the snow off 6 times in the night, i get sick. oh well, damaged the shit out of the cars and knicked the truck. The plan was always to remove the tent part and reinforce the roof and walls and put metal sheeting on so this wouldnt happen again. I priced out your average metal tent with roof and it started at 1500 for a single 10x10. i got both of these tents for 550? and i figured i could throw less than 1000 at some square tube, paint and metal sheets. Now i have enough materials for 1.5 tents lol. Plan for the worst, hope for the best right? eventually after the snow left, i started to pick up the pieces. crv started leaking water by the buckets just behind the crank seal. figured since the entire cooling system froze, the water pump went bust. after a variety of top ups and hose repair/replaces i guess i got the ratio messed up by only filling it up with water. turns out it was just the sealant the last owner used to put the water pump on failed. so i threw a timing belt and water pump at it, plugs, heater hoses, all the maintenance and then gave it a wash. runs like a top now..again apparently these have cabin air filters, who knew, all the old owners sure didnt. i planned to just swap the fan as it was weak, this and the 20+ yrs of leaves were the reason for the lack of air flow lol. trucks alternator was also toast, so i replaced that as well and topped up the battery, it now runs good again...back to zero. The lexus has had leaking tires since i put the studded ones on, turns out the small sticker in the inside was causing the leaks. so while i had them off, i wanted to see the chonky re71rs on the cr kais and how they would look on this unit currently it still needs an alignment, non studded tires, when it brakes it pulls to the right, the lamp failure box in the back is not working (tried multiple repairs and none worked, im also stupid) so i dont have brake lights, so im not too keen to be driving it like that. Outside of the motor, i have no intention to put money into it so i may use it for short trips only and then swap to the truck until we start seeing 10c temps where the cressida may be able to be used as a daily, as i recently bought a new battery for it too cause the old one was 10+yrs old and i am hoping this is the part of the poor starting amps it puts out. also, it costs at minimum 1k a yr to insure a car here, no multi car discounts so to insure the 3 dailies i have, is just over 3k/yr. I only bring this up as I am one of a number of ppl on here with a staple of cars (mine being bargain basement garbage) and was curious what others pay for insurance as it varies by state/province. Really wish we had a insure the driver, or insure a single plate policy and put it on any car you want. Sure would help me to enjoy these cars instead of letting them sit and rot all the time. Taking a car that sits for 6-12 months and then want to daily it...theres some real hard growing pains there to make it safe to drive day to day and drive to work without issue/s.
  6. battleaxe

    Curse of the Cressida

    super basic update as all of this is maintenance and minor improvments after driving it for 300kms. noticed one side marker and one fog lught were out. I replaced all the position markers with LEDs and the fog light that was out was hodge podged to use the old style h3 bulb with a lead on it. luckily i had a spare for the supra from hella so i popped that on and voila, working lights in the front, which is nice cause the oem headlights are not great. next thing was the thermostat. noticed it would get to the first bar on the coolant temp gauge but go no further. heat was good, not great, but was alright for our 5-10C temps. I got a thermostat just to try, and sure enough, the oem one was not working no more. massive quality difference in the gates one i put in, so an oem one may be in its future when it goes for a major service if it ever gets into my truck. after this is was basic oil change and filter and plugs. thinking about getting some chunkier 17s for the R33s and put those on this car if the car makes it into the spring. and the un sung hero, the 415k km CRV, that just keeps on going. Great to and from vehicle, not great on gas in the auto trans, but theyre easy to work on, parts are cheap and still at this mileage the motor is surprisingly peppy, the trans is its downfall in this vehicle. The awd..."awd" works alright too for our 5 days of snow here. does need the 1/4s rust removed and the rear oem tinted glass put in but thats about it for that car.
  7. battleaxe

    Curse of the Cressida

    Supra has a bumper and the harness has been started. LS400 is insured and will be a daily .. until it breaks. Cressida has a water leak. Found a lake in the passenger carpet. Sucked that up now to try and find where its coming from. doesnt look like heater core, i just blew out the sunroof drains so hoping thats what it was. Swapped the tires from the advans to the SSRs so i could confirm the low disc doesnt work with Z32 brakes, so i have 25mm of spacer in the front. I need some more room for the other wheels and tires as it is so ill flare these a little when i put the gx81 front end on..some day. S13 also has a sunroof leak and that head liner is damp. Also fixed the leaking drain on these shitty koyos and found it has no heat either. Car gets to 80c and stays there but the heater hoses arent warm..so i may have fucked up the order of the heater hoses or theres a heater core issue, which looked fine when i cleaned up...so maybe i broke it then? iunno. non stop problems as of late. but i mean, why wouldnt there be when you have this many cars that dont get used and it rains half the year. civic has winter wheels on it so its even more boring to look at.
  8. battleaxe

    Curse of the Cressida

    After work this week I worked on getting this thing painted so I could assemble this weekend. I shaved all the unneeded holes on the rad support and then welded them closed and seam sealed the backs. Tapped all the holes after final sand so the bolts would be in real easy. Buzzed that all back and prepped the bay for quick spray on the rad support and the one half tower as there was some scratches and the colour was a graphite? I think the bay has been resprayed at some point. Went through all my bolts, went through my Altezza/Gita bolts and went through my stash of zinc plated bolts and found a lot of OEM toyota bolts zinc plated so I used those to tidy up the work I did. I'm not even a fan of the gold bolts but they are clean and OEM so thats nice. Took more time finding bolts than it did to assemble the front end. Painted all the brackets a semi gloss black as well so it wasnt so much raw aluminum everywhere. I'm still not keen on the air filter, but might use it until I build a ARC type box, or find an ARC box...lets be real, its just the ARC logo on the red filter that people buy it. The Gita box was took big and I dont think ill attempt cutting it up to make a cover. I'll keep my eyes out for an OE box too to keep it looking sort of factory..maybe even a honda intake tube. I also moved the cars around as the S13 needs a few things..a lot of things and I wanted to move it cause next to the deck is a spot spot for mice/rats. They don't usually show up but I found a whole apple ( I have an apple tree) eaten on the valve cover that started to rot, so that was nice. cleaned that up, checked fluids and saw the clutch master cylinder seal at the push rod must leak cause it leaked on both sides of the firewall, so the paint it fucked on both sides and I need a new one. Got it over to the other side of the house so I can do a couple small things on it. Fired right up too, unlike the cressida. I'm not surprised with all the neglect I show my cars that any of this happens to me. Maker of my own demise.
  9. battleaxe

    Curse of the Cressida

    no LEV content, just more Supra, and brackets. repurposed an old custom battery tie down from the cressida and chopped it down and made it the oil filter holder. Cut back most of the battery tray to allow mounting and free up some space. ran the oil lines, check and re check everything can fit. repurposed a crv? overflow bottle and modified the oem bracket for that to work with the supra. found a perfect size cut off in my aluminum bin for the filter. I wanted to re use the Gita air box but it was massive and did not fit in the engine bay good at all, as well it has the air flow sensor cast into the plastic. I am debating if modifying the air box to act as a cover would work, or look tacky. The other option as the filter looks stupid by itself, would be to make a heat shield air box for it by modifying that cut off and welding the shield to that so it acts as a cool box and makes that area not so baron. Last task before paint is to weld the holes up on the rad support and then paint the lot of it.
  10. battleaxe

    Curse of the Cressida

    minor update, been busy with baby. supra has a removable rad support now, going to try and Tig this this week, working throttle cable and bracket. lexus has tiny studded snows and i gave a lick of spray paint to the wheels that have never ever been cleaned. civic got some brake and clutch fluid bled, swapped to regas with 3mm spacers in the front and changed the eye brow lights to black housings for a change of pace. further work on supra this weekend ahead
  11. battleaxe

    Curse of the Cressida

    as im back to work after parental leave next week, figured i would keep on keeping on. did a bunch of plumbing this week. fuel lines run, PS lines run, just waiting on a fitting for the rack so i can connect the -8 line. started to plop the oem hoses back on and figured out the small stuff ... still have to run vacuum lines ... the few that there are. also did a little project i wanted to do since getting the Gita parts, make the gas pedal and dead pedal work. With a mix match of parts after a lot of in and outs to see what worked, got it to work with some mods. The gita pedal with supra mount (different spacing) had a weird arch to it and the arm itself hit the firewall/floor before the pedal can get to full sweep. What I ended up with was Gita pedal, spring, throttle cable...supra pedal arm, stopper, mount, pedal pin. The throttle cable is a lil longer than I want it to be, but a little more helped to mock up the holder where it needs to go...which is the next task. After that, fab for the rad support and oil cooler mount and then run the -10 lines to where they need to go. once this is all sorted ill run the harness and get that connected to the link then prep and spray the front half of the bay in single stage black.
  12. battleaxe

    Curse of the Cressida

    dropped the oil pan today to inspect a rather large dent in the pan. all good, toyota gives lots of space from pickup to pan and uses very thick gauge metal, so i hammered it out and put it back in and then lined everything up and bolted everything in. dropped the car back down and started to put the parts back in and start mock up of exhaust, oil cooler/relocate, and intake. originally wanted to run all oem plastics to go for oem+ (get another front cover so its not flashy) or pop my big filter on and weld up a pipe. iunno which way i'll go just yet.
  13. battleaxe

    Curse of the Cressida

    found some time today to do a bunch of small jobs. found i needed a 2jz fork and pivot for the bellhousing so that came the other day, plopped them in today to make sure they all fit and functioned, success. took a video and lots of photos for all the sensors under the intake manifold. plopped the trans on the motor and torqued all the bolts up. swapped back to a power rack as i depowered the rack in 2014 and ever since doing short knuckles and long lca's it has been unpleasant to drive/drift/park. these are the bcworks rack spacers on top of the angle stuff, had these on there since before angle mods because the oem lock to lock you might as well austin powers the car anywhere. while i had that all there, figured i would put it in as my shop is quite the mess and i could do with lots of small jobs over this big job. using a lot of various tools, by myself i put it in with my minimal space, bad back and wood..lots of wood. after a head scratch moment with the driftmotion mounts i bought used and looking online to find no answers for what side goes where, i swapped them side to side and knowing they used the "wrong" mounting holes, tapped those before so popping them around was no problem. once the car is running and driving I will do a parts list and things i came in contact with if anyone is interested/future me needs the help. decent firewall clearance
  14. battleaxe

    Curse of the Cressida

    been busy with life to care about cars at all. we had a little girl and we were doing renos since February of this year so the house has been a mess since then. Also lack of motivation while house and pregnant wife take up most my time. My wife had a hell of a pregnancy so now that its over we can focus on baby. Im on parental leave right now so figured nows a good time to swap the 2jz in. Found i need to get the fork and pivot and maybe the slave cylinder for a jz so i can use my trans...as all those depend on what motor you run lol...ffs toyota. anyways. motor is out and ready to be picked up by its new owner. JZ is ready but i have a little more research/mock up to do to make sure I dont need a plate between the motor and trans like most motors do as the auto 2J didn't have one and the w58/M stuff may not work? iunno. might mod the M stuff so i have that "shim." I modded the rad support like the s13 and d21 cause man it makes it way easier to pull a motor. took me an hour by myself with the cherry picker and 2 flat boards outside so i can swing and move the parts. now to clean all the parts and put the jz bellhousing on the W and then sell the W to M housing get those oem parts for the trans and then pop the trans on the motor, clean the engine bay then plop it in
  15. battleaxe

    New Look / Same Poor Taste

    ouffff, this is a real nice update with some really really nice work. I think the cressida is just a hurdle you want to overcome because of the general amount of failed or unfinished projects for these cars. I like the jzx81 but haven't ever really been a fan of the chassis. I was a bandwagoner once I saw G's multi coloured blue one from long, long ago and was like, hey, that would be cool. I think all I really liked was the 1jz and I should have just got one of those and put that in a better car. I do like some versions of the cressida, and theres maybe a handful total of these cars that are like, whoa, nice, excellent work, but man the amount of bad ones ruins a lot of them for me. I'm kinda looking forward to not having mine anymore after a part out but like you and many that stuck with it, I want to see it to its final phase where you enjoy it for more than a month if there wasn't another six problems popping up you need to fix. I think we all have some ego/vanity issues of, oh, they don't even know what this thing is...a thing that makes a bunch of weird noises and might be faster than the Camry they are actually in...must be the 16yr old in all of us...or maybe just me.
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