Gordon Nichols posted:
I might be wrong, but I don't think you can get a VW distributor into the drive pinion 180 degrees off. The keying tabs are offset to one side so it will only install one way.
Correct. Which is why you set it to #1 and TDC before you pull it out. I've seen a lot of improperly indexed distributor drives. Which is another issue........
I learned a trick: When you build your motor, left side of the engine case is in the stand with the seam up. After you assemble the crank and install all the bearings and the crank and cam are installed, install the distributor drive and spacers while they are REALLY easy to get to. Don't forget the lifters on either side(and the top side lifter retaining springs). And don't forget the assembly lube. Then Permatex Aviation Seal the case and assemble, and torque.
You can install the distributor temporarily if want. It holds everything in.