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  1. Some of this is just copy-pasted from my intro. About the car: it's the worst X8 ever. Low VIN, high miles. No ABS, no leather, and no a-lot-of-other-things now as well. Abridged list of bullshit I wasted on this car: -Early Z30 1JZ-GTE -Went with a Driftmotion 6262 kit. It's whatever. -440's/SAFC -AEM UEGO -MA70 R154 -XM trans mount -XM single piece driveshaft -XM diff bushings -MA70 3.7 LSD. Ugh. -Mishimoto MA70 radiator -BC coils -Z32 front brakes So first thing's first. This car has a little rust: I'm using V20 Camry replacement dog legs and Ford Crown Victoria outer rocker panels, which aren't nearly tall or wide enough: So I got pissed off and bought IS300 side skirts to cover up this atrocity that should never have been touched except by a forklift on its way to the top of a stack of crushed Chevrolet Caprices. The right side is pretty much finished. Still have to seam seal everything. This is my first time welding anything or making sheet metal templates. I'm not going to show much of the stuff I welded because it's gross. The left side might get done this weekend, but probably not. At this point my car is basically just hopes and dreams scattered across concrete. And that's about it for this year. After this bullshit is done, car is getting stowed before more snow/salt. Clutch is slipping, but that will have to wait until post-tax return.
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    FEAL Coilovers

    FEAL seems to be a similar deal as Fortune Auto, parts made in Taiwan but assembled stateside to your liking, with a bunch of marketing and hype thrown up on a website. They're US companies though so that's a plus for local customer support. From what I can find, there aren't many different sources for coilover manufacturers anymore outside Taiwan and China. Megan, BC, Silvers, FEAL, Fortune, all Taiwan parts. Stance I believe is Korean. Hell, even the entry level Teins are made in China now
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    New Look / Same Poor Taste

    For me I think it was the particular car I bought and chose to modify. Initial bad decision caused a chain reaction of headaches, like all the rust repair, and regrets, like hacking up the fenders for flares (I prefer the stock body now and wished I had left it alone). But yeah, out of stubbornness and pride I needed to see it through. At the point I painted it, I was just happy that the car was all one color for the first time. I could've saved myself all that wasted effort if I had waited and found a nicer example. But I was impatient and needed to satisfy a pipe dream. I had discovered X71 and X81 Mark II's and after I saw people doing front end swaps to Cressidas I decided I needed to have the closest thing I could get to one in the US. I liked the idea of this site, the attitude towards this hobby, and what the Cressida represented, or at least what it used to. Fuck what everyone else is doing, it's all attention whoring idiots who are too enthusiastic and excited about cars. Cars suck. The rest of the world is crazy, you're not. You can build a better, faster, more interesting car for a fraction of the cost using what you know.
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    New Look / Same Poor Taste

    I'm caucasian, I swear
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    New Look / Same Poor Taste

    @ChriSOL thanks myguy, I'm keen on getting into more Camries as I've been trying to convince a buddy's dad to sell me his '99 factory 5 speed. Also in b e i g e so the desire is high. I want to put some form of 3S in it @Nigel_Vertigo shit dude I just saw the FS section. Congrats on the 100. At first I almost didn't notice my shit had the rear wiper until I saw the controls for it, and found it had been removed with some threaded cap stuck onto the motor stud at the base of the glass. I was very glad to find the wiper arm still in the trunk and slapped that shit back on. Like an idiot, I removed the washer reservoir and used the bracket to make the new PS reservoir bracket. It was kind of an eyesore anyway, sprawled out across the strut tower, but I will eventually re-mount it in the trunk somewhere
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    New Look / Same Poor Taste

    This past year with the Mark II: Did HKS 264's, Denso 550's, Aeromotive 13131. With the valve covers off, it's fairly easy to snake the fuel rail out without touching the intake manifold at all. Also picked up some b r o w n floor mats and painted the valve covers b e i g e Some pics from last year E70 is being swapped next
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    [HIZOKU] PIG EYE Streeter

    Okay, I'm hard again
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    New Look / Same Poor Taste

    Update: I don't own a Cressida for the first time in 11 years. Sold it to a close friend who had recently gotten rid of his 280Z that we 2JZ-GE VVTi swapped. He wanted a V8 cruiser that was larger and more comfortable than his Z was, so I did this for him: Myguy ended up buying a lower mileage Soarer 3UZ from an importer, so I've got that running on the GS400 throttle body, harness and ECU with immobilizer delete and AT-EMU from Quantum Auto. Reused some more parts from the GS like this power steering bracket re-bent to fit: Since the VVT engines are returnless and gay, I looped the rails at the front and added an AFPR: There was a great spot on the rear water crossover casting to drill and tap for a 3/8 NPT fan switch: Bro wanted to contribute to his new chariot, so he did all of the welding and exhaust work. He also picked up a TIG welder and started messing around with it, like shortening the megaschlong that is the 3UZ oil filler neck: Abortion exhaust manifold for the driver's side: For the transmission, we revisited my old R154 with the trashed tail housing. Here's the carnage: Pressed that shit out and replaced with the new updated version. Also in need of repair was the boss for the 5th gear shift rail spring detent. The casting had cracked and split so the threads no longer held torque. Using the TIG and a helicoil: I chose to mount the V8 quite far forward in the bay in order to clear the firewall and factory brake booster, so I bought the cast shifter housing from Xcessive that puts you about 2.5" back from MA70 location. This also came with a bespoke cast shift select lever, which is a complete piece of shit. Once again Xcessive comes close and fails. The striker was machined down too narrow (shown left below) so when installed, it doesn't even contact the spring pins on either side of the extension housing. So don't use this unless you like a loose, sloppy shifter We made our own out of the factory piece that also, when installed, ended up being more centered on the shifter housing opening than the XM one was At this point, I wanted to say that I still only trust XM to make something as simple as an engine mount bracket right, but even one of the UZ brackets I received laughably had one of the gussets welded too close to the slotted hole to be able to use the entire slot with a reasonably sized flange nut or washer. For the clutch shit, I stubbornly wanted to retain a factory style external hydraulic slave cylinder. I used a Thai bastard cast bellhousing that came with an Aisin turbodiesel Land Cruiser 10.5" clutch, and a five million pound flywheel. After cutting up the auto flex disc, removing the starter ring gear and pressing it onto the new flywheel, I had it balanced at a local machine shop. Glad I did because it was 10g off. The rest of what came with the ladyboy kit was worthless, and I had to figure out something else that worked. Ended up using a 1995+ V6 truck clutch fork and slave cylinder and a 2007+ 70-series Land Cruiser throwout bearing. V6 truck throwout wouldn't have worked, the OD on the end of it was barely large enough to touch the springs on the Cruiser pressure plate Had to machine down the slave cylinder and clutch fork pivot mounting surfaces to get everything to line up properly. The bell casting looks like a foam movie prop. Tested it together outside the car to make sure all of this bullshit worked before I put it in. Hell yeah. So that's it for the X8 I think. Home boy is going to do small projects to it here and there, stuff I never bothered to take care of. I'm not sure I'll ever own another one; I think the Cressida owning part of my life needs to be behind me now. In some ways, I still see building this car as a mistake and a wrong decision, and I'm not sure why 24 year old me had it in my head that I needed to do it. But here it is regardless.
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    Chitown WaGN....project from hell

    Will Thunderbird turbo coupe axles work in the explorer rear end? Those were 4x114.3
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    Bought a Mark II JZX81

    ^ I started doing a highway blow-dry after I wash my car at home now after getting sick of wiping down hard water spots. Dust makes me wish all my cars were white or silver. Or dust colored to begin with Man I loved the SSRs on this car. But I also like pretty much every ugly wheel from the 90s with more than three spokes. Panas look great as always though
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    New Look / Same Poor Taste

    Same here. The clean, all original LS's are now 3-5k territory. If you're lucky you can still find one for two thou. Which to me is still madness as I felt like the 1000 I paid for mine in 2013 was still too much. Earlier in the winter, we picked these up for an outrageous 1500 and 700, respectively, and they're both beat. The LS appears to be some kid's failed VIP project, complete with galaxy print door panel inserts, sheet metal rear flares that I've torn off by hand, and Amazon's Choice coilovers. The engine runs flawless and will be swap fodder for my friend's AE71. The GS appears to have been driven from the original owner's summer property straight to the ghettos of Springfield, MA, where it received eBay headlight assemblies, purple windows, subs, stick-on gel wood texture interior trim package, and G35 wheels instead of a timing service.
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    Chitown WaGN....project from hell

    That engine probably shits enough of its oil back into the pipes to keep the inside walls well coated
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    New Look / Same Poor Taste

    Love this turbo 4x4 Russian ride height mode Picked up a donor car for the Cressida
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    [HIZOKU] PIG EYE Streeter

    I believe it. Now JZXP is prepared to survive the assimilation of all message boards into Facebook, the forced electrification of our personal transportation, Chinese mainland invasion and following inevitable nuclear holocaust
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    [HIZOKU] PIG EYE Streeter

    After two weeks, I was afraid it was gone for good this time
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    New Look / Same Poor Taste

    @Nigel_Vertigo for the old trans, I originally just bashed the roof of the tunnel up until the neck of the shifter housing cleared. And opened up the back of the auto trans hole a little bit because Driftmotion made the shifter longer than I had told them to. The tripod needed a bit more than that though. Mocking up a stock location Garrett GTX2971R using a turbine housing made by some Taiwan company
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    Curse of the Cressida

    Goddamn those covers came out awesome. I appreciate being able to lay out the metallic flake evenly, I've seen resprays with some blotchy ass shit Man I love VS-XX, makes me want some in silver for my car. Also reminds me of Tbones car which I miss seeing Also props for having an organized garage. I need some top shelving like that, my basement is getting too full of shit
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    New Look / Same Poor Taste

    Car is stowed until after the state stops salting the earth, haven't really done anything to it other than this. The upper transmission tunnels on the manual cars are completely different from the autmatics, so the tripod trans doesn't fit without cutting: You might be able to still get this factory tunnel piece, and I've also seen aftermarket FRP covers around for sale But I made my own Also chopped off the back of the auto shifter assembly and added that to it so the center console still attaches like factory. Topped it off with new boots and Nardi mahogany shifting penis to match the wheel Also made this FC Commander dock out of an old phone cradle
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    New Look / Same Poor Taste

    Yeah it could be possible our cars have driveline angles that are not ideal for a single piece shaft. Since they were intended to have a two piece shaft that lowers the operating angles of all the joints, I wonder if the max allowable offset between the trans and diff could be higher than a car meant to have a one piece It is possible to have a two piece driveshaft in a solid axle car. My buddies AE71 coupe has a two piece surprisingly, on a car that's about three feet long. I'm surprised the X7 wagon didn't do the same, but yeah I guarantee at high speeds it has slightly more vibration than an X7 sedan. Hell, even my ML430 daily has a slight DS vibration over 75 and the factory single piece is in perfectly fine shape, driven plenty of them that felt the same way too. They were also built in fucking Alabama, however... Agree, it's definitely possible that diameter vs length played a role in this, as well as the tubing straightness and runout. The shop gave me the option to use DOM tubing over the seam-welded shit, but I guess that didn't help me much lol
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    x3 oyaji wagon

    Houston: H-Town:
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    New Look / Same Poor Taste

    It was originally from XM and always had a slight vibration when it was in my Cressida -- I'm sure several others on here also have XM shafts. It was then remade at a local shop here. I hadn't used them before because the other local place I went to before made one for my Z31 that was shit (matched the car). Maybe capable shops are hard to come by nowadays...
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    New Look / Same Poor Taste

    The driveline vibration is completely gone with the new trans and 2-piece shaft. I think the link between all of these cases is the single piece steel driveshaft. There's a good reason they're 2-piece from the factory. I don't think a single piece shaft, at the length that they need to be for our cars, can be balanced well enough and produce low enough vibration levels for high speeds if it's made of steel. That, and I dont trust the quality of any driveshaft shop. I can think of a few single piece oem shafts that are pretty long, but they're either aluminum or carbon composite (350Z for example) I think my transmission was an extreme case; the combination of a 30+ year old extension housing with 200k miles, plus all of the mass of the heavy shaft without a center support bearing, plus possibly a poorly balanced shaft, or maybe throw a nick or two on the slip yoke, who knows. When I get a chance I'll open it up and take a look, the shit still went into every gear fine so it'd be great if I could save it with a replacement tail housing and getting as much aluminum glitter out of it as possible
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    New Look / Same Poor Taste

    2800 shipped from DM - 300 without bellhousing - cash back on a new credit card lol = 2300 all in
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    New Look / Same Poor Taste

    Fuck it. If I'm going to spend a retarded amount of money on an R154, it might as well be a brand new one. Also went back to a two piece driveshaft. By chance my old MA70 showed up in a junkyard 5 miles from me (where it belongs). Still had the driveshaft in the back where I left it when I sold it. So I'm using the front half mk3 shaft with the original X90 rear half. If I can get a tail housing for the old box, I might fix it up to put back in the Cressida with some form of UZ because I want another V8 car to cruise around in.
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    Mediocre at Cresst - now with nsfw autophilia

    My X8 is also on its third windshield. I was surprised at how readily available they still were and how cheap they were even without any coverage. Fuckin $200 installed. I inherited my X9 with a cracked windshield and still haven't bothered with it lol. I know theres guys out there that can bring them over but I just need to break down and do it sometime next season. The guy I bought the car from showed me the windshield he had shipped to him and UPS trashed it; no wonder seeing as it was just stuffed in a cardboard box with minimal padding.
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