Forgot to mention in last post the reason for such low mileage. The guy i bought the car off had owned it a few years but not used it much as he worked on super yachts and it sat in storage. He was given the car for his wedding present from his father who sadly passed away a few years later. This man bought the car brand new from wright cars taupo and it stayed in taupo until he gave it to his son. His son told me that He owned a few cars and this cressida was his golf car that he took to the course a few km's down the road and back, it had bits welded on to the towbar so he could carry his gear on the back too he even said it went a couple of years without a wof cause he didnt bother as it had such little use and he use to wave to the local police man as he drove past. So its basically spent its whole life in a garage until i got hold of it. Anyway when i first got the car Jamie (highLUX) had told me about this mysterious place called edgecumbe where there was a yard with a factory manual yx70 wagon sitting in a yard with all the gear still sitting in it. Didnt hear anything more about it until many months later i get a call from jamie saying hes just stopped in to colins yard and the wagon was still there with the w55 and everything. This excited me alot as i was really sick of the auto box and the gas bill that came with it. he sent me a few photos he took when he was there.
poor old thing
Jamie organised for us to go to the yard as soon as we had a free weekend. rain was not on our side but we went anyway. after exploring all the cars and bits in the yard we got to work on the wagon
was quite an experience working under the dash of a car that had been sitting for so long. There was all sorts of foliage and growth on the carpets not to mention the cockroaches and spiders we found the oil in gearbox was golden when it was drained and had a near new clutch. After a few hours we got all the parts we needed and left .
also nabbed the grill,fender mirrors and a few other bits. walked away with a complete w55, y series bellhousing, front half of driveshaft, clutch, pedal box master cylinders and slave and pedals etc for 500$ , sold the y series bellhousing and bits to a guy on here and sourced a 5mge flywheel, bellhousing fork etc for 150$ on trademe. bought brand new master and slave cylinders, new carrier bearing from trademe too. My friend sourced me a clutch for a steal as there really common apparently. also got flywheel skimmed. Scored a TRS short shifter while i was at it. with a bit of a clean of the parts and some paint i was soon ready to do the swap.
ohh how convenient theres already holes for master cylinder and a place to run the lines through.
new master in
Luckily the whole job was made easier by my mate lending us his workshop and hoist for the weekend (cheers kyle)
exhaust had to come out
30 plus years worth of road and tar and gravel
driveshaft out and oil drained. oil was black as the night so no wonder she was using so much gas.
Jamie riding the w55
Dont have any more photos after this. Just had to jump the neutral switch from the gearbox and wire up reverse switch and it was ready.
changed the rear main seal while flywheel was off. manual gearbox bolted up sweet just needed to find longer bolts for bell housing. kyle made up a clutch line for me. only hiccup we ran into was the driveshaft length was wrong from the wagon because it was a 4 cylinder model. but weirdly the shifter position is perfect for cressida. luckily it was too long as opposed to being too short so took it to the legends at rowe motors on the monday and they shortened it for me in day turn around and even slapped some paint in it. They got it bang on straight and no wobbles without balancing. so after this i went and fitted it up and it was complete even sold the old auto box for a few hundred dollars which helped
After manual conversion a big thing on the list was the dreaded cambelt. thanks to mark@manuwatu toyota i bought a full genuine cambelt kit and waterpump cam seals etc and got it all done at once with new fan belts too. I was lucky i did this as it was still on the original belt and was showing alot of cracks. waterpump was stuffed too.It was a dream to drive once it was manual. Freed up alot of power and much more economical. To add to the driving experience i scored a sweet 365mm nardi and quality bosskit for it.
also purchased these to go with the twin pipes i made. I got for an amazing price considering they are over 650$ us new to buy. still brand new too. need to get the two pieces welded together and then fit them.
and ill leave you with a rolling shot my friend took from his carina