1985 Cressida engine options?

  
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1985 Cressida engine options?

 
gearmonkey gearmonkey
New User | Posts: 2 | Joined: 01/06
Posted: 08/10/06
08:41 PM

I recently purchased a 1985 Toyota Cressida with a 5MGE engine. The engine is bad because when I took it out on it's first test drive I didn't check the oil and I locked up the engine. ANYWAYS, I was wondering which would be my best option. I am wanting at least 250 hp.. I would like to get that from the engine being normally aspirated. I wanted to know if I should 1. Keep the 5MGE and modify it. 2. Swap in a 7MGE and modify it. 3. Swap in a 7MGE and turbocharge it. or 4. Just get a 7MGTE and ligthly modify it. (because I'm sure it won't take much if any mods to get the 7MGTE to 250 hp.) I am on a budget and this car will be my daily driver. I will be driving it long distances and year round.

How hard is each one of these swaps?
How expensive are the engines?
How reliable are the engines?
Have any of these swaps been done before?

Any help would be appreciated  

66Elco 66Elco
User | Posts: 212 | Joined: 03/04
Posted: 08/11/06
12:31 PM

couldn't you fit a 2jz-gte in one? pretty sure I've heard of it being done...  

0m3g4 0m3g4
Enthusiast | Posts: 577 | Joined: 08/05
Posted: 08/11/06
01:22 PM

Quote:

couldn't you fit a 2jz-gte in one? pretty sure I've heard of it being done...




WHA?!  

civicking civicking
Guru | Posts: 862 | Joined: 09/03
Posted: 08/11/06
03:41 PM

if you can fit a 7mgte engine you can fit a 2jz with out much work.  

cj1977 cj1977
Enthusiast | Posts: 410 | Joined: 10/04
Posted: 08/11/06
09:00 PM

Oh my, that will be a bad boy if you can get some turbo power to it.  Just check out this: http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/im...90&ei=UTF-8

Here's one with low miles:
http://autos.yahoo.com/usedcars/detail/i...kezRp0YvvIiUcUF  

amsBIMMERguy amsBIMMERguy
Enthusiast | Posts: 301 | Joined: 07/05
Posted: 08/13/06
03:11 PM

They should fit but what about the drivetrains?  Aren't the Cressida's FWD?  Both the 7MGE and the 2JZ-GTE are meant for RWD cars.  If it is then maybe go with a 7M because I'd think the drivetrain from the 5M would mate better with it...this is strictly theory though.  

gearmonkey gearmonkey
New User | Posts: 2 | Joined: 01/06
Posted: 08/13/06
03:58 PM

The cressidas are RWD. I wouldn't even consider putting this much work into one if it were FWD. Not that I hate FWD cars. I just like RWD alot better.  

amsBIMMERguy amsBIMMERguy
Enthusiast | Posts: 301 | Joined: 07/05
Posted: 08/18/06
03:41 PM

Is the 5M-GTE in fixable condition?  If not then the 7M-GTE sounds like a good choice to me.  I'd say the 2JZ but I dont know what kind of hassles putting such a new engine like that into an older car like yours would involve, other than the usual fitment and mounting issues...  

0m3g4 0m3g4
Enthusiast | Posts: 577 | Joined: 08/05
Posted: 08/18/06
06:55 PM

And the fact that it might twist the car like a tornado.  

cj1977 cj1977
Enthusiast | Posts: 410 | Joined: 10/04
Posted: 08/18/06
07:51 PM

Did you know Toyota built the car to compete with BMW?  

civicking civicking
Guru | Posts: 862 | Joined: 09/03
Posted: 08/18/06
08:21 PM

the electronics are not hard at all, its actually pretty easy and for the trans they make adapter plates to hook on a Chevy turbo 400 trans, built right they are 2-3 times as strong as the stick and shifts faster, or you could go with a chevy 700r4 and have a 4 speed in it(better for a street car). With the engine you can actually get a stand alone system and just on the stock engine can easily get 400-500hp. with the chassis all you really need is some bracing installed and welded in place, its doable but you just have to know what your doing.  

amsBIMMERguy amsBIMMERguy
Enthusiast | Posts: 301 | Joined: 07/05
Posted: 08/20/06
06:59 AM

lol thats pretty weird....The two car companies that have a bitter rivalry are my two favortie car companies.  Like the 3-series and the IS300, I like both of them highly (cept I like the 3-series better cause I have one lol).  

DPImpreza DPImpreza
User | Posts: 161 | Joined: 08/06
Posted: 08/29/06
02:31 AM

see if you can get a 1jzgte, that would be my first choice.  next would be the 7mgte.  these are the only options in my opinion.  

2jzgte would be a waste in a 21 year old car, and getting a non turbo 7m is just pointless.  the custom turbo'ed 7mge would be self defeating, why wouldnt you just get the 7mgte?  

so imo, look for a 1jzgte.  
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cj1977 cj1977
Enthusiast | Posts: 410 | Joined: 10/04
Posted: 09/07/06
01:44 PM

Cressida's are pretty sweet in my book.  Its old and it's a perfect fit for a 2jz swap.  

carscience86 carscience86
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Posted: 11/04/06
02:06 PM

Ah, a 2jz swap aye. You can get one for about 2,000 dollars, not including what else you might need to swap it in. Don't put a 7mge, getting 50 extra horsepower out of that is going to be a *** Get a 7mgte along with the r154 5 speed and limited slip differential out of a 92 supra. Then you will have a beast. All you will need to get those extra 20 horsepower out of it will be some basic bolt ons. Exhaust, headers, intake, etc. You might even get more than 250. You will need the ECU too I think. Consider having that fixed up to alter the ignition timing for more power.