Those who read my other threads know I encountered a block that probably isn't worth the effort in my 2003 Forester EJ251.
As luck would have it someone just posted a t-boned 1999 Forester 5 speed not far from me, with under 70,000 original miles. It has been sitting in a garage for a year but still runs and will drive. It's 3 hours away or I'd just drive over there to answer my ?s.
The problem I'm encountering is a bunch of conflicting info on what engine it might actually have. Wiki is very specific that the EJ25D was only in the 98 Forester, and 99 had either a 251 or 253, but now I can't figure out which it is. Plus a bunch of threads say that 99 Foresters had Phase 2 EJ25Ds. Are there any photos I could ask him for that would answer that?
Of course either way I could just swap my heads onto this block, I'd just love to drop the whole thing in and call it good for now (if it doesn't leak etc, and do the timing belt). Will the 0.09 thousandths the machine shop took off my 251 heads cause clearance issues if I bolt them up to a different block?
Edited by Dake, 21 February 2018 - 06:40 PM.