Gas smell...common problem with Super Beetles and Standard bugs. Use the forum search feature. There's a zillion mentions and suggestions. Just read through them and good luck.
Yeah. All very standard stuff. Actually, I've found that replacing the filler neck on my gas tank with a new assembly greatly decreased the gasoline smell. My charcoal filter is corroded beyond use and I hardly have gas fumes any more.
The seat thing is just patience and perseverence. This car doesn't have a bushing prob with its seats, but I did have another Super once that did. Just take your time.
Note the 'toon that I did involving a guy doing some major pleading with his car to cooperate while he tries to repair it. This was directly derived from my own experience in changing my own inner / outer bearings on my right-front wheel. I pleaded, I begged, I cursed in two-or-three languages (I could, admittedly, make sailors from no fewer than five countries blush, if I wanted to)... finally the old bearings came off so that I could install the new ones. The new ones went on in a few minutes. What took forever was prying off the old ones... about an hour-and-a-half, maybe two hours to do it. I'm sure the neighbors got an ear full, for sure. Beyond the cursing, I found myself bribing the car:
"Mmmmm... look! New parts! You like new parts! Okay, they're from Mexico, not Germany, but we can't have paradise every day of the week, can we?"
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