Topic: Fuel (gas line) leak on '77 VW Super Beetle
I have a '77 VW Super Beetler convertible that I'm having some problems with. If it's been sitting for a long time without being started (a few weeks) when you first start it up there is a fuel leak somewhere just forward of the engine compartment. Interestingly enough, if you shut it off and lit it sit for 24 hours, then crank it up again, the leak is gone. I have looked closely at all of the lines in the engine compartment and am sure the leak is not located in that area.
I've tried putting the bug on jacks and crawling underneat to see where the leak might be coming from but have had no luck. My understanding of the fuel lines is that there is a metal line that runs from the gas tank to just forward of the engine, where it connects to a braided/rubber fuel hose that goes into the engine compartment. I am thinking there is a crack in the braided fuel hose where it connects to the metal line, but I can't see that from underneath, or maybe I just don't know what I'm supposed to be seeing.
Can anyone point me to a diagram or photos of where the fuel lines run and connect, or give me some specific instructions on how to check this more thoroughly?
And in case anyone is wondering, no, I have not been driving this bug, except to start it up while investigating this fuel leak. I do want to get this fixed ASAP, though.