Figured it was time to share my build here. As of this writing, the motor is still being assembled, and the car itself is far from done. It's literally an empty shell. I will update this thread with a link to the car build.
This car has been a project since 1998. It has had many years of being on the back burner.
Lot's of builds have been posted here, and mine won't be groundbreaking or awe inspiring I'm sure, but it will have some slightly different things done that aren't super common.
This 9A 16V with PL head is going into a 1976 VW Dasher. Many of you reading this are saying "what's a Dasher?" Well, it's the first generation of Passat, and was called Passat MK1/B1 in the rest of the world. Same car as the Audi Fox, or Audi 80 in the rest of the world.
Because the engine is going into a Dasher, there are some unique challenges to get the motor to fit, several of which I have not even discovered first hand, but suspect will be interesting as they come up.
One of the really obvious issues is that the B1 platform is Longitudinal. The motor goes North/South like a RWD car. Yet is still FWD. A marvel of packaging considering the nose doesn't look like it would fit an engine in front of the front wheels.
With the motor being longitudinal, the hood slope is the biggest problem. I did a mock-up with the Scirocco intake installed, and the hood was 1 inch high in the front. So, I bought a European Audi 80 16V intake, which has oval shaped runners, matching their shape to the intake head ports. This allowed the hood to basically lay flat, but no room for squish when the hood is shut. I was going to have to use different motor mounts, and take a section out of the subframe. Or cut into the hood.
The Audi based cars of the era had a subframe that goes under the oil pan. You can't just drop the engine out the bottom. The lower A-arms attach to the subframe, so you can imagine I didn't want to lower the subframe. Not ideal.
So, through the years, I decided to change direction completely.
I'm now going with twin Weber DCOE carbs.
I've had the head done and waiting for several years. It was ported and valves reshaped by Steve Hannaford or Progressive Automotive, University Place, WA. He was very familiar with the differences between the 1.8 and 2.0 head.
The full rotating assembly was balanced by DG Machine, Auburn WA. Clutch, flywheel, rods, pistons, crank, harmonic balancer. I did not do the IM shaft.
They also installed new Intermediate Shaft bushings, and decked the block - just a skim.
Flywheel was lightened by a different machinist many years ago.
So, now you're up to date with where I'm at.