Is the core actually broken or are the fins just chewed up? Those things are pretty tough despite how flimsy the fins are. I caught a good sized branch with mine through the lower bumper grille and it mangled the fins and the core all up but it still doesn't leak. AC has been working just fine so far this summer.
It kinda looks like that upper AC hose might have some damage from the fire?
Throttle cables are probably trashed. Even if it didnt melt through it still got the inside of the cable very hot, which will result in rust /corrosion and binding. Don't need a throttle cable getting jammed at WOT and have the car take off on you.
two rows of the core are petty destroyed/deformed - I have zero faith in it not leaking (that picture doesnt show how bad it really is). also found a major gouge in the hard line that runs along the passenger side from the condenser to the canister by the firewall, so that is on my "wish list" as well. (friggin sloppy, careless people!) Granted AC is not an absolute necessity, but it sure would be nice....
for the upper AC hose, yeah it does have some outer damage, but it appears to be only the outer protective wrap - the damage does not appear to go beyond surface melting of that. the low pressure cap is melted pretty good, but does still screw off/on ok. Thinking new o-rings in that area should take care of any potential leaks there.
Throttle cable - altho it looks really nasty, the cable does slide in/out pretty easily - may just go ahead & change it out anyway tho, just to be on the safe side.
The cruise control cable, surprisingly, shows absolutely no signs of damage other than a tiny bit of discoloration of the outer protective wrap - figure that one out...
Question: Will the throttle cable from the donor car work (length wise) on this? (1990 Legacy to 1998 Forester for those that dont want to look back) And how much of a pain in the backside is it to do? Cant seem to find any part numbers anywhere for cross-referencing. Can find it listed for retail sale on several sites, but no part numbers are shown.
Currently trying to put together a shopping / swap checklist - would appreciate any input on anything i may have missed/overlooked?
New Items - EJ22/Legacy related
Full Timing kit (eBay)
Spark Plugs / wires
Oil Filter / oil
Various gaskets (have 2 partial sets on hand w/most available)
New Items - EJ25/Forester related
Radiator (maybe - need to inspect thoroughly - was tossed in the back of the car)
Throttle cable (possible swap from donor car?)
New Items - Misc
Heat shrink - various sizes (for repairing burned/damaged wiring)
Wire Loom/wrap (plastic) various sizes
Berryman’s carb cleaner (2.5 throttle body pretty dirty)
Upper 2.2 wiring harness (necessity - in progress)
(wish list) 98 Forester compatible AC Condenser
(wish list) 98 Forester compatible AC hard-line - passenger side, from condenser to canister (existing is damaged)
Misc Swap Items
Throttle body from 2.5 to 2.2 (have - gasket? check sets)
Flex plate from 2.5 to 2.2 (have)
Battery cables (obtain from donor car)
Wiring for making repairs to fire damaged areas (obtain from donor car)
I will be going through the 2.2 and resealing things as needed - rear seperator plate, oil pump, oil pan, cam covers, etc. Which brings me to another question: is it worth changing the headgaskets on this motor while it is out and easily accessible? it does have a bit over 200K on it. Or should I leave well enough alone until/if it needs them in the future? I know the 2.2 is not generally prone to HG issues, but if it is worth doing while it is out...