Uses for blown engine after swap?

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    Cody Munger
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    Mechanic quoted me $9000 to do an engine repair on my oil burning Forester. I figured this would be a good time to go through the process of an engine swap. I’ve done my tranny before, so how hard could it be?

    That leaves me with one issue. I’m going to get this engine swapped in and have a 300lb block of aluminum leftover. What can be done about this? The engine is in poor health: 40% compression on each cylinder at most. Though it only has 110k miles; so I assume the heads are still good. It is possible/worthwhile to rebuild it and stick it in my ’98 Legacy? Or is the shortblock toast? Can I sell/donate it to a shop that refurbishes engines? Or is it off to the metal recyclers with it?

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