Using 40 year old fuel hose is a bad idea.
When I bought the beetle, I knew there was something wrong with the fuel system. That’s why Joe parked it. What I didn’t know was what all was bad/needed to be replaced. With dumb luck the fuel pump got the car running, but the 4 years of sleep didn’t do the rubber hoses any good. So, within a few hours of parking the car in the garage, I come back to this:
Yeah, a nice little puddle of gas under the car. It turns out there is a rubber line that exits the tank (directly above the puddle) and runs into a steel line in the body. The only problem was the “rubber” line didn’t look rubbery anymore. It was brittle and soaked with fuel.
At this point, I’m committed to redoing the fuel lines, so hey, might as well check the tank. On one hand, I wish I wouldn’t have because the tank needed to be replaced or at least restored. Something else to put on the list! On the other, I’m glad I did because rust. Lots of rust. Since I didn’t want to spend the time and money to restore the tank, I purchased a new tank which didn’t really fit, and began to reassemble the system. I’m still working on trying to get the filler neck to fit in the not-so-right tank and attach all the hoses correctly.
This is turning out to be more work that I had intended.