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:

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misc bits:

Cylinder head:

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Trashed gasket was blown to pieces:

Engine bay before and after:

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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.

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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.