Twiliger
The gas smell situation with V-dubs cab be a very frustrating.  I have a 73 Super that has been featured here on Superbeetles.com.  I have had work done on the gas tank, fuel lines, gas filters and the carb rebuilt just recently.  Also the engine pulled and a valve job....cylinders etc. recently  Car has well over 300,000 miles.  I have been tightening and checking connections.  I put hose clamps every where they would go.  I even crawled underneath it in the driveway and discovered the charcoal box under the wheel well was not connected to one large hose and one smaller one.  I fixed that.  Gas smell in garage after a drive would linger.  I used cue tips to go around all connections seeking wet gas and or smell.  On the left side of the carb (facing engine) I noticed a brass nut with a red washer.  I did the cue tip test and it had gas around it.  Not running out, but evident.   I looked on a diagram and I believe this is called the Bowl Plug.  I tightened it up and ..... No gas smell so far.  Does that sound like it could have been the problem?  I don't know enough about it to know for sure.  The smell was only coming from the engine compartment.  Wish me luck.
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bluturtle
do you have a spot under yer right rear fender & a bracket for that charcoal canister>?
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Twiliger
Yes, I have the original canister under the front fender well.  I reconnected the smaller tubing and one of the larger black hoses which came off over the years. That Bowl Plug tightening eliminated my gas smell. 
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bluturtle
thats a plus u got it!

mines under right rear  
awesome!
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Wayne
I had the gas smell and replaced vent lines under the hood to fix it. Glad to hear you solved yours!
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bluturtle
i know one thing for certain..
a canister for a 71 is near impossible to find! LOL[rolleyes]
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Twiliger
My V-dub mechanic said they seem t6o last forever.  I'd look in one Junk yards for one.  They're very easy to remove.
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