The leak will get worse. I had a feeling it was the filler tube. Keeping the tank low on fuel may help, but when the gas moves around in the tank, it will make its way to the rust. Another thing is this. Since the filler tube is leaking due to rust, eventually the computer will pick up on the fact that there is an air leak. It will set a trouble code in the computer for and EVAP Large or Small leak. I don't know where you live, but that is enough for the vehicle to fail emissions inspections.
The part needs replaced. If you work on your own cars, it isn't that bad of a job. The filler tube is screwed on where you put the fuel and at the other end, it is attached to a rubber hose that attaches to the fuel tank. It is a matter of removing the screws on one end and a clamp on the other, removing it and replacing it with a new one. The part will be around 100.00.
Now for the fuel gauge, chances are the sending unit is bad. It is in the fuel tank and part of the fuel pump assembly. Thus, the pump will most likely need replaced. That is another 150+ in parts and a pain to remove the tank.
If you have other questions, let me know.
Friday, September 16th, 2011 AT 4:56 AM