Trying to fix the Beetle’s fuel issue

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:

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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.

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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.

11 Comment

  1. lyle hipp says: Reply

    i have a 1974 beetle that runs and drive if you would like to buy it had the engine rebult just needs wireing and interior

    1. Taylor Woodson says: Reply

      I wish I could take on another project but this one is consuming all my time. Thank you though!

  2. Jordan says: Reply

    Cool project, I’m excited to see it when its done

    1. Taylor Woodson says: Reply

      Thanks!

  3. sione says: Reply

    Do more up grades on your 670cc go kart black widow

    1. John says: Reply

      We got some parts in the mail for it the other day. Some performance, some maintenance. Hopefully it’ll all work out.

  4. Joel says: Reply

    hehehe… you opened a whole can of worms. Cbperformance.com is a great source for quality parts, check out thesamba.com if you havent already.

    1. Taylor Woodson says: Reply

      I’ve been to the Samba but I’ll definitely check out CBPerformance. Thanks!

      1. Joel says: Reply

        For sure, I get excited about anything VW bug. CBperformance is top notch, both in customer service and quality of parts. There’s a lot of cheap crap parts out there. I have a 98 Mexican Bug with a 1915cc engine in it. Sooo much fun. My favorite thing is watching people punch the crap out each each other when I go by.

  5. Cory says: Reply

    I had a ’70 standard for my first car that I had to replace the fuel tank on. That filler neck that’s not fitting right will never fit right. What I did was just buy a fuel tank for a pre-67 standard beetle and all you have to do when you get gas is open the hood. It’s not nearly as bad as a leaky filler neck is.

    1. Taylor Woodson says: Reply

      In hindsight, I wish I had done that. I got the filler neck to slide further in…it’s not perfect but IT’LL BE FINE!

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