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Subaru engine to LM?
Posted by: flamingchariots ()
Date: March 05, 2022 12:43PM

I know there was someone years ago who was working on using a Subaru engine/drivetrain to transplant into a Corvair.
I lost track of that project; it seems he just disappeared.

Is a transplant economically viable?

Backstory: My wife totaled her 2020 Subaru Forester 2.5L. It was T-boned on the driver's side center.
I suppose that I have a chance to buy it back. With only 22K miles, I am considering options.
It is beyond my skillset, so I would have to pay to have it done.

Comments?

Kevin
Medina, OH

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Re: Subaru engine to LM?
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: March 05, 2022 02:11PM

You would need the reverse Ring and pinion from Subaru Gears. The amount of labor would make paying a shop to do the work...would be the deciding factor!

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Re: Subaru engine to LM?
Posted by: RexJohnson ()
Date: March 05, 2022 02:29PM

The blue late model that was at the 2014 Tacoma Convention had the Subaru engine and I believe the Subaru transaxle in the back seat so there was no need to reverse anything.

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Salem,Oregon

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Re: Subaru engine to LM?
Posted by: scottymac ()
Date: March 05, 2022 06:59PM

Is this the one, Rex?

Scott
Danville, In.
'65 Corsa coupe basket case
'66 Monza coupe


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Re: Subaru engine to LM?
Posted by: RexJohnson ()
Date: March 05, 2022 07:09PM

It looks like the one.

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Salem,Oregon

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Re: Subaru engine to LM?
Posted by: azdave ()
Date: March 05, 2022 07:19PM

Michael Svinth's 3.3 Liter Mid Engine Subaru - Tacoma, Washington. He winters in Phoenix so it is often seen here too.

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My EJ20T Subaru Vair project paused several years ago just before Covid and is patiently waiting for more progress. sad smiley

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Re: Subaru engine to LM?
Posted by: alphasud ()
Date: March 05, 2022 08:00PM

I have a complete 3.3 from a Subaru SVX, as well as a low mile transaxle. Comes with the entire wire harness, instrument cluster, air cleaner, ecu’s. Any interest?

David North Idaho
1965 Corsa Turbo converted to 140
1971 Super Beetle with 2.5L Subaru engine
1988 Citroen CX 25 GTI Turbo

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Re: Subaru engine to LM?
Posted by: scottymac ()
Date: March 05, 2022 09:54PM

David,
Didn't the SVX only come with an automatic transaxle? Any stick box bolt up to it?

Scott
Danville, In.
'65 Corsa coupe basket case
'66 Monza coupe


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Re: Subaru engine to LM?
Posted by: Paulsgt ()
Date: March 06, 2022 10:59AM

A 2020 Subaru drivetrain is so intertwined with all the safety systems including Eyesight and such, there would have to be much work done on the electronics of that sort of swap. Not saying it couldn't be done.

Enjoy the Corvair!

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Lee's Summit, MO
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Re: Subaru engine to LM?
Posted by: flamingchariots ()
Date: March 06, 2022 02:16PM

Paulsgt Wrote:
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> A 2020 Subaru drivetrain is so intertwined with all the safety systems including Eyesight and such, there would have to be much work done on the electronics of that sort of swap. Not saying it couldn't be done.



I kind of figured that, Paul. When purchasing the Subaru, I was largely unimpressed by all the "safety" and tech gadgets. I can say that I was surely glad that that was the car that my wife was in when hit. She came away with a broken rib and bumps and bruises. If it happened in a Corvair......... she probably wouldn't be here today.


Soon I will be purchasing our fifth new Subaru since 2020. Three Foresters, one Crosstrek, and a Legacy (that I couldn't stand because of the dash layout and controls; too distracting).

Kevin
Medina, OH

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Re: Subaru engine to LM?
Posted by: scottymac ()
Date: March 06, 2022 08:36PM

The answer was right there staring me in the face, don't know why I didn't see it before. Get the Corvair running again, then invite my ex-wife to go for a ride, make a left turn in front of a semi. Thanks, Kevin!

Scott
Danville, In.
'65 Corsa coupe basket case
'66 Monza coupe


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Re: Subaru engine to LM?
Posted by: alphasud ()
Date: March 06, 2022 09:36PM

Subaru SVX manual swaps were done fairly often. This one is out of a 92 which was considered OBD1 it might not care there isn’t a automatic transmission attached.

David North Idaho
1965 Corsa Turbo converted to 140
1971 Super Beetle with 2.5L Subaru engine
1988 Citroen CX 25 GTI Turbo

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