Why do you think it is running backwards?Have a look here....
I am thinking of something like this, just have to find the right vanagon/camper first, as I already have an AEB I could put in there. I assume you needed an adapter plate between the engine and tranny? Someone sells a 1.8T into vanagon kit, but only for transverse motors. I can't imagine it's much harder with the AEB, even using a gasser tranny.Now that is nuts!!!
I have always liked the strange setups. The Vanagon I drive everyday, I have a AEB flopped on its side at 50 degrees using Vanagon diesel parts. Its a blast to drive, I just keep reaching for fifth gear.
I stand corrected. Congratulations -- there were some people (Smokey Yunick) who made gm v8's run backwards to load the inside rear tire more effectively in circle track racing in the 60's and 70's, so I would imagine that running your van in the way you see fit is a worthy project. You may well be nuts, but that is a good thing here. Welcome to the club, Andrew.-I'm the guy in the video. Yes there is oil pressure, I have a AHU/1Z oil pump and and gears on the intermediate shaft. The pistons are in backwards, the crank sensor ring is re-indexed and new holes drilled, the cam chain adjuster has been replaced with on from a AHA/ATQ V6 left side tensioner, the timing chain and belt is re-timed, the timing belt tensioner has been corrected for reverse direction, the coil and injector plugs are reversed on cyls. 2 and 3 because the new firing order is 1-2-4-3, the starter has been reworked with ABA 2.0 starter parts. It does run, but is not 100% yet.
*I'm also a fan of Passats, I've had a bunch and have 2 W8s right now one being a '04 Wagon six speed manual.