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Good thing it's a motor you're going to swap, cuz they're probably all interchangeable. Wiper motor, power window motor etc.
If it was an engine, well, then yeah, we would be laughing, especially for the 5 speed part.
 

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Meh.
I has wagons.
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I mean, anything is possible with enough time, money, skill, and resources.


About as plug and play as trying to put a 1969 426 Hemi in it though.
 
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It's not like it can't be done, but be realistic about the outcome.

A few days of wrenching and hoisting are likely to work just fine for getting the engine bolted up. Cherish it, that's the easy part. You'll be wiring it for weeks, and you'll be the expert- nobody else has that combination so it'll be on you to figure it all out.

Projects like this usually finish as garage spaghetti or part-outs.
 

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buy a 2001-2004 H6 outback listed as needing head gaskets, put the engine in that. (a drop in)

drive it and be happy. rust free one can be had for $800 or so. (a couple years back I could have had one for $400)

then you will have time and sanity to work on the 2005

for the 2005. although I like the idea of a 426 hemi, a 440 wedge has less maint and easier to come by,
and then you can source out a 2005 legacy / legacy outback engine for it. (2005 is a really really weird year,...trick is finding a rear end wreck with one, they exist, just might take some time to find it).

what happened to the 2005 engine now? (if its just oil leaks,...do the head gasket job like EVERYONE else).
 

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Then you would have two cars to try to get rid of ... Or maybe start a Subaru wrecking yard. I'd be laughing except for having tried similar repairs but maybe on a smaller scale.
 
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