Piston Slap: FREE Cressida, Sanjeev!

Sajeev Mehta
by Sajeev Mehta
Jonny writes:

Hey sanjeev, i’m looking for some advice on what i should do here. The car: 1987 Toyota Cressida, 170,000kms (i live in vancouver, BC), usual mid-eighties toyota rust, other than needing brakes it seems to run great. i paid exactly $0.00 for the car.

a friend’s parents moved away and just wanted to get rid of it. so they gave it to me. thankfully, i work at a dealer service department so any minor repairs and maintenance will be fairly cheap. low miles, RWD, inline-6, loaded with sweet eighties luxury options…. it seems too awesome NOT to drive!

what should i do?

– sell it?

– keep it and drive it?

– send it to a denver self-service yard for Murilee to photograph at a later date?

any tips/experience you can share with a car like this would be greatly appreciated

thanks a lot.

Sanjeev answers:

Much like you not knowing my name, I (Sanjeev) know nothing about your personal situation. Maybe you could use the extra $300-400 (US) in scrap value for something else in your life.

Nobody needs a free Cressida, per se.

That said, I am super jealous and you need to keep it. Cressidas are just that cool: I suggest you mortgage your future and do a 2JZ-swap. Or even better, this:

Oh yes, LS1-FTW! Sajeev hasn’t said that in a long time, so Sanjeev’s gotta take up the slack. You know what to do, so you better do it.

LS1-FTW: do it, to it.

Send your queries to sajeev@thetruthaboutcars.com. Spare no details and ask for a speedy resolution if you’re in a hurry.

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  • Kyree Kyree on Mar 06, 2013

    Do you ever grow tired of getting called “Sanjeev”, Mister Mehta? lol

  • 95_SC 95_SC on Mar 06, 2013

    I want one of these badly but have never been in a position to pull the trigger when a nice one pops up.

  • Infinitime Infinitime on Mar 06, 2013

    Does it smoke? The inline six on those are notorious for burning piston rings and valve stem seals.... If not, it would keep as a great beater.

  • MRF 95 T-Bird MRF 95 T-Bird on Mar 06, 2013

    Keep it. If the transmission goes do a 5 speed conversion. A turbo/intercooler add on would be swell and turn it into a sleeper.