Vert71
Hi everyone,

I am new to this forum. I grew up having VW's back home in South East Asia. My Dad used to have a Kombi, 1973 Super Beetle 1303 and I drove a 1978 Brasilia in college. I just recently bought a 1971 Super Beetle convertible 2 months ago. I just replaced all the suspensions and will be replacing all front end bushings and front wheel bearings soon.
Trying to enjoy this car as much as I could but the North East had been raining a lot. 

I would like to rebuild my stock carb with the kit they sell on line because I noticed that my car will start the first time and then after driving, it will have a hard time starting. I will have to press on the gas pedal to start. Then it will smell gas when I get home from driving around.

Does anybody know what causes these problems?

Thank you
Vert 71
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Wayne
Welcome!

It’s not a bad idea to rebuild the carb but I doubt the gas smell is coming from there. SuperBeetles are known to have a gas smell from The evaporative emission systems and the breather lines that run under the front hood. Check the forum for more information on this.
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bob
The stock carburetors are made from pot metal not aluminum, pot metal cracks and swells with heat and age, the float valve on the top of the carb might be bad, replace it but if you have the same problem, remove your air cleaner, run the car and pull the coil wire to stop it, if you can see gas running down inside the carb, I would suggest you put some teflon tape around the float valve, good luck

Bob
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Vert71
Thank you. I will try that and hopefuly it will solve the problem.
Vert 71
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drikson
Check also the brass inlet in the top of the carb. It could be the culprit.
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bob
IF you have a loose brass inlet pipe, I would suggest you replace the carburetor or if you have a parts carburetor, switch the tops of the carburetors out, good luck

Bob Soriano
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