View Full Version : Finally got permission to work, which means I had to get a new (to me) car.

05-09-2014, 11:12 AM
After nearly a year being legally unable to work due to immigration restrictions, I finally got permission to start working. I've started driving trucks for a company that transports and rents elevated work equipment (scissor lifts, boom lifts, fork lifts, etc). So far it's going well. The hours are long, but I'm home every night, well paid (making twice what I was getting for driving a truck in the US), and the company is willing to invest in me by helping me get new qualifications.

http://www.celicatech.com/gallery/files/1/2/4/accesshire1.jpg (http://www.celicatech.com/gallery/showimage.php?i=23755)

Most days I start between 4-6am. This isn't a problem for me, but on days that my wife needs the car, we have to wake up the two kids (one of whom has to go to school later in the day) and they have to take me to work. It doesn't work so well for them, so we decided to use my first full paycheck to buy a car.

http://www.celicatech.com/gallery/files/1/2/4/cressida1.jpg (http://www.celicatech.com/gallery/showimage.php?i=23757)
http://www.celicatech.com/gallery/files/1/2/4/cressida2.jpg (http://www.celicatech.com/gallery/showimage.php?i=23758)
http://www.celicatech.com/gallery/files/1/2/4/cressida3.jpg (http://www.celicatech.com/gallery/showimage.php?i=23759)

This 1990 Cressida Grande is the fourth Toyota I've owned. 198,000 kms, recent head work, runs and drives pretty well. Note the rare factory venetian blinds in the rear window. The previous owner has an AE86 and a 2JZ Soarer so he knows something about Toyotas. I think the exhaust is subtle aftermarket so it has a decent straight-six growl without being overbearing. Seats are in rough shape, and it has aftermarket springs and shocks that drop it a bit, but I also think hurt the ride. Tyres need to be replaced ASAP (I startled my daughter when the rear-end stepped out while turning into heavy traffic). Overall, I don't think it's too bad a deal for $1500.

One of these days when it's light out and not raining I'll get some more comprehensive pics.


I spent most of today cleaning so it doesn't look like a mechanic's car anymore. It still needs work, but is at least presentable now.

http://www.celicatech.com/gallery/files/1/2/4/clean_cressida_4.jpg (http://www.celicatech.com/gallery/showimage.php?i=23764)

http://www.celicatech.com/gallery/files/1/2/4/clean_cressida_5.jpg (http://www.celicatech.com/gallery/showimage.php?i=23764)

http://www.celicatech.com/gallery/files/1/2/4/clean_cressida_2.jpg (http://www.celicatech.com/gallery/showimage.php?i=23764)

http://www.celicatech.com/gallery/files/1/2/4/clean_cressida_3.jpg (http://www.celicatech.com/gallery/showimage.php?i=23764)

http://www.celicatech.com/gallery/files/1/2/4/clean_cressida_1.jpg (http://www.celicatech.com/gallery/showimage.php?i=23764)

05-09-2014, 04:00 PM
Nice! That has the 7MGE in it over there like over here correct?

05-09-2014, 05:36 PM
You could have been knocking off quickie marts with a sharp pointed stick or something...

05-09-2014, 06:09 PM
Congratulations on the work situation! Also on the new (to you) car. Nice powerplant in it as well.

05-10-2014, 12:45 AM
You could have been knocking off quickie marts with a sharp pointed stick or something...

My brother-in-law offered to give me cash to help him shear sheep. Be riding around in his old unregistered/uninsured Land Cruiser while he drives and sucks down beer. That would have been almost as bad in the eyes of Immigration...

And yes, the Cressida does have a 7mge. I also removed the roof rack today and need to give it a solid cleaning.