i finally had the chance to get those clamps dealt with, and i haven't had any more fuel smell (knock on wood).
thanks solomrus for the help!!! and to sube 151 and Achilles and Kenny2K and the guys that have worked through this little problem.
(p.s. it's been about a week since the fix and i've tried it all to get it to happen. the weather's getting cold today, so maybe tomorrow i'll have a chance to try the cold start check as well.)
oh ya, lenyx, what's happening with your car?