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Massive, Boxy & Boosted: A 500hp MS55 Crown From Sweden

Think about for a second that you just’re a car-nut from Sweden. Your first automobile is a Volvo (naturally), however you lengthy to discover different sides of automobile tradition so buy a number of Japanese vehicles within the hope of constructing a path to your final avenue machine. However one thing doesn’t really feel proper; you continue to want some Volvo magic in your life. What do you do?

In Nicke Kurki‘s case, after proudly owning dozens of JDM legends, together with an R32 Skyline, three MkIV Supras, a Honda S2000 and a Toyota KE70 to call just some, he settled on two vehicles: a 1970 Toyota Crown, which form of resembles an previous Volvo, and a 1977 Toyota Celica, now with a Volvo twist. I’m going to point out you each of those builds, however let’s begin with Nicke’s very cool MS55 sedan…


I first noticed this automobile again in 2020 in the course of the annual Japdays meet at Mantorp Park, and knew immediately {that a} nearer look was wanted. Quick ahead two years, and I discover myself standing outdoors Nicke’s storage in south Sweden, 5 hours from the place I dwell. It was a pleasant drive, regardless of darkish clouds looming above.


I arrived to seek out the Crown on the again of a trailer. For Nicke, it’s been a unending story of issues, and just some days previous to the shoot he wasn’t even positive it could be operating. However by some miracle, Nicke fired it into life and backed it off the trailer.

Compared to my GT86, the Crown is big.


I get the sensation that Nicke is kind of a spontaneous sort of a man, and the way he ended up with the MS55 speaks to that. Nicke got here throughout an advert for the Crown throughout a random Fb Market looking session, and the following factor he knew he was driving in the direction of Jönköping to select it up.

At first look, the automobile in superb situation, one thing akin to a barn discover, however inside a yr or so, some questionable ‘fixes’ started to point out themselves. Remedying them is an ongoing course of, however all a part of the traditional automobile possession expertise.


Exterior-wise, Nicke has stored the Toyota inventory. Because the values of previous Japanese vehicles preserve rising, preserving the Crown’s physique looks as if a good suggestion, however taking a look at his Celica, I don’t assume that preservation was the driving purpose. It’s simply the look he wished for this specific construct, and it’s actually onerous to argue with.


The place Nicke has made a change is within the wheel and tire division. The uncommon 17×10.5-inch Panasport C5C2s wrapped in 245-section Toyo Proxes T1Rs not solely give the automobile an aggressive look, but additionally serve a operate given the extent of efficiency on supply from the powertrain. There’s loads of rubber on the street and room for contemporary Supra brakes.


Opening one of many Crown’s heavy metal doorways reveals the automobile’s principally authentic inside, which is in good form given it’s 52 years previous.


The one additions are just a few new analog gauges and a brand new (previous) steering wheel. Nicke may have gone all digital, however generally simplicity is difficult to beat.


Even underneath the hood, Nicke’s method is refined. Nicely, as refined as a 3.0L 2JZ-GTE with a giant single Precision T62 turbo may be.


A 500hp 2JZ is actually a giant leap from the MS55’s authentic 110hp, six-cylinder 2M engine, however in response to Nicke it’s nothing too loopy. In spite of everything, the Crown is a little bit of a cruiser for him.


Nicke says that the toughest a part of the engine construct was discovering all of the elements for it inside a restricted finances. eBay and Fb Market turned up the majority of them, together with the secondhand turbo which now sits on a Boostlogic manifold from the USA, and the Sard Racing ECU. The latter is a uncommon JDM merchandise, which amazingly Nicke had owned beforehand. He was solely in a position to get his fingers again on it when considered one of his previous MkIV Supras turned up on-line being parted out after a crash.

You might need seen the Crown’s authentic 4-speed shifter knob within the inside images, however don’t let that idiot you – there’s a MkIII Supra R154 5-speed gearbox backing up this 2J swap, and out again a Ford 8.8-inch rear finish.


Mixing traditional seems with fashionable efficiency is a construct method taken by many, and regardless of some gremlins nonetheless rearing their heads in Nicke’s Crown, this sleeper-esque creation is proof of how cool the idea may be.

Now, wait until you see his Celica…

Alen Haseta
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