So here's the fuel line bits from under the car.
The line and bulb filter from right off the tank tap. That line is hard as a rock, and as you can see from the new filter on the right, you should at least be able to see through the filter.
And here is the old tank tap and sock filter. The tank tap was falling apart under the wrench, and I wondered if I'd be able to get it out without doing something drastic to the thing. Patience prevailed though, and I got it threaded out in one piece. The sock filter, again, should be something that you can at least see light through. This sock was so dirty, that even though I thought I'd drained all the gas from the tank, when I pulled out the sock I got a flood of fuel that I had to hustle to catch. The goo was holding in another 2 gallons of fuel or so. What a mess. The sock squeezed out black goo when you grabbed it to pull it out of the tank. Only after I dropped it in the catch basin with the fuel gushing out did it 'clean up' to this state. Yuck.
I don't remember the bug having this style fuel tap at all and yet it was only 5 years newer. I wonder what is under that tank?