NZ Performance Car: Hey, Josh. Tell us the yarn of how your Cressida came to be.
Josh: Hi, NZPC. Well my dad bought the car around 12 years ago, completely factory after seeing Shane Crichton’s ‘1JZ 747’ Cressida not long after it was built – which is now running 7-second passes – and did a few little bits and pieces to it.
But he never quite managed to finish it, you told us?
Yeah, he did the brake upgrade, suspension, diff, etc, and once that was all done ripped out the 7M and bought a JZX100 motor and trans from the wreckers before most people here even knew what a JZX100 was. The running gear sat on the garage floor for at least two years before it went in, and then the whole car sat for another seven after that. He had heaps of other projects on the go at the same time, and this one kind of got pushed to the bottom of the pile.
So how did you end up owning it?
I’d go around to his place and say, “Right, let’s do this car,” and he’d just say, “Yeah, nah.” Then six months later I’d say the same thing, with the same response. It eventually got to the point where I said you may as well sell it so we put it on Facebook. The more I looked at it, I thought I’ll take it and finish it off, so I swapped my Century I had at the time for it.
Now in your hands, what needed to be done?
Not a huge list of things but a few that needed some coin spent on it. The motor and box were just sitting in rigged up on the standy mounts. I whipped up the power steering lines to get it all rolling properly, while Alan from DunkWorks fabricated the exhaust, took care of the manifold and piping, etc. From there it was basically just wiring left, which was done by Russell at Cole Customs. With the high-flowed turbo we could turn the wick up to 15.6psi, just under the factory 16psi boost cut. The whole thing only took two months to finish off [laughs].
And what have you used it for since completion?
I took it to Night Speed Drag Wars at Meremere and ran 13.9, which is pretty slow really. But with a 2.7s 60 foot the trans is real lazy. So I’m thinking with a new trans and shift kit – both of which are sitting on my garage floor at the moment – it should improve the 60 down to a 2.3 and equate to a good 13 [seconds]. Load it up, let it go, and boom! But besides that it makes a solid streetcar, super comfy to drive with plenty of guts when you stomp the pedal. Best part is it doesn’t look like anything so people don’t bat an eyelid at it when driving.
Can’t go wrong with that. Cheers for the yarn, Josh.