It's so nice to be elbow-deep in a car again. It's been 5 months since I've had time to do any real wrenching since this was my last semester of college, and now that I've graduated, I can finally work on my MX83 Cressida project! For those of you that didn't see my post a few months back, I bought a 1990 Toyota Cressida with a blown head gasket for $500 with plans of fixing it and flipping it for a small profit.

The last three days have been very productive. Saturday I had the radiator out (subsequently discovering a crack in it), the wiring unplugged, battery removed, lots of hoses/belts removed. I would have gotten farther, but I had to go walk across a stage in a gown and a funny hat.

Sunday I got the head off with the help of a friend and saw just how bad the gasket was. Here are pics from yesterday:

cracked radiator:


misc bits:

Cylinder head:


Trashed gasket was blown to pieces:

Engine bay before and after:


Last evening I took the cams and valve lifter buckets out so all the valves will be closed when it goes to the machine shop for milling.


Conveniently, the head fits perfectly in the trunk of my MR2

I've ordered a ton of gaskets/o-rings/hoses/seals plus a radiator.

I can't wait to get this thing running and send her off to a new home.