Those instructions on checking the fuel system would apply from at least 71 on and perhaps the 69 models as well. Is your check valve present and working?Hi all - I have a horrible gas smell when driving. I note Tifosi’s attachments but they refer to ‘82 onwards? I have a ‘78 Spider. The basic of basics (which I love, btw).
A bit of background - the car hadn’t run for 3 years (busy irl). Had a fuel pump problem. All sorted now - runs smoothly but the smell of gas is horrific.
Just replace all of the hoses and double secure each connection with 2 clamps. So...replaced all hoses in the engine compartment as well as the connection in the boot (from tank to metal tube).
Still...gas smell in cabin.
your 1978 european (carburettor) spider will most likely not have all that check valve, vapour recovery stuff....that is for injected cars.Thanks. The problem is (and I AM a pretty handy guy , Im not sure what the “check valve” is/where it is. Is it part of the unit (including the fuel gauge) that is placed within the tank? Because I’ve now replaced everything between the tank and the carbs (Dellortos, which I’ve rebuilt)....
Thanks - this is what I'm doing. All parts already ordered. Will check back in in a few days after I've renewed bits and bobs!If you smell gas after filling up, it could also be a cracked/torn boot (the one that surrounds the filler neck where it meets the body). As these cars get old, the rubber parts dry out. Since the coupler between the filler neck and tank is cracked, you may want to spend a little time and money and replace all the hoses and rubber seals.