wow I often wonder how such projects come about
Here in my circle, everyone is put off but smallest of issues and here, you are plonking a petrol engine to replace diesel on an age old legendary car
We owned a 1st gen in green colour, complete with body kit and spoiler years ago

Id any day take one of these bad boys with Evo swap over say an Octavia RS or Polo GTI
Fun of a manual or a good non dual clutch automatic is something else