Setnev Posted June 4, 2017 Share Posted June 4, 2017 Back Story: Back in November 2016, my girlfriend wanted to buy a Subaru for a daily driver. We looked around for a day or two combing through Craigslist listings and narrowed it down to four different options: 99 Outback, 01 Outback, 02 Forester with a JDM 2.0 engine, and a 02 Outback. The seller of the 02 Fozzy and Outback offered us a package deal of $3k for both of the cars. I told her, if she wanted both, I'd buy the one she liked the least off of her. She really liked the Forester because it was a limited with leather and a huge moonroof, but the 2.0 was super lethargic of an engine and the body was in rough shape. The 02 Outback had a sketchy maintenance history and the seller didn't know if the head gaskets were done or not. The other 01 Outback was a complete rust bucket, and the 99 (which had the lower mileage of the 4) had bad head gaskets. We were about to take the package deal when an 01 LL Bean Outback posted up on the interwebs for an insanely good price. We jumped on it, took it for a test drive and it purred like a cat, so we bought it, despite the seller acting quite odd. That oddness was soon realized when 8 miles down the road, the car died in the middle of the road. We soon found out the seller hid the fact that the lower radiator hose had a pin hole in it and all the water in the radiator leaked out. We replaced the lower hose on the side of the road, got the car back to my parents house and the next day, we started looking into if this car was even worth putting more money into because I was sure the engine was done after redlining the temp gauge several times in the process of getting it back to my parents house. Feeling duped, she felt we couldn't let this seller think he got the better end of the deal. The car was super clean, interior looks like brand new, transmission shifts perfect, all electronics work, and the car is just badass. She also knows that I know these cars intimately well and can rebuild the car. So, over the next few months, we formulated a plan to rebuild the car, she had now name HellCat, due to the fact that this car has caused us so much hell, yet she continues to purr like a well tamed cat (crafty huh?) Today: Last week, I found a RI in the Phoenix area who was advertising a JDM EZ30 motor on eBay for $999. I talked the seller down to $800 on the agreement that if I were to make the hour and a half drive to Phoenix, I'd buy it that day. So on Friday afternoon after work, her and I drove to Phoenix and loaded this super clean, low mileage EZ30 into the back on my 99 Outback (yes, it was the same 99 we looked at back in November with the bad head gaskets, build thread in the 2nd Gen Forums). http://i.imgur.com/QVMpmUY.jpg http://i.imgur.com/pYQXS1F.jpg http://i.imgur.com/fxSHfgR.jpg http://i.imgur.com/6O2B5z0.jpg Even stranger about this engine is the dates on the harness and the oil cap. The engine build date is 2005, but is a single port exhaust head and aluminum manifold EZ30D, not the "R" designated model with the 3 port exhaust and plastic manifold. http://i.imgur.com/iWvY9py.jpg http://i.imgur.com/DMAHEui.jpg Yesterday afternoon, I started the task of removing the old engine from the car. I have new plugs, belts, gaskets, and various other parts on order coming this week to prep the new engine. The old and busted, but ironically refuses to die, EZ30: http://i.imgur.com/9H21D2z.jpg Only need to remove the exhaust manifold bolts, motor mount bolts, bellhousing and torque converter bolts and she's free. I'll be going through everything in the next couple weeks to document the progress of swapping a JDM EZ30 into a USDM car. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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