BBT News


Our first thought this Friday goes to the people in the flooded areas in the east of Belgium, west of Germany and south of Holland. Close to a 100 people died and still counting…. Human tragedy is enormous…. It must be the extremely hard sitting blocked on a second floor and see your own car drifting away, taken by the floods….. Seeing people sitting on their roofs waiting to be rescued, insane! Only a mere 100km from BBT HQ! Thanks God it stopped raining and the forecast for the weekend is pretty ok. So let’s hope  most of the victims can start to clean and dry…. but for many this was worse than a nightmare…. our thoughts and prayers  are for those who suffered or lost a beloved one.

Nevertheless here’s BBT News, let’s make our passion and your Friday more colorful!



Let us introduce you our new locking mechanisms, designed for all beetles built between 1959 and 1965.

Easy to use also on 1955-1958 model Beetles if you combine with the later door lock catches BBT # 0438-01 for left or BBT # 0438-02 for your right side.

Finally a good solution for brand new door locks!

0436-200 Door lock left – Beetle 08/58-07/65
0436-210 Door lock right – Beetle 08/58-07/65

In our aim (and development) for new economic cargo door locks at an affordable price we came first to these cargo door locks for Kombi Brazil built between 1976 and 1992.

These will not fit European made buses as the rods from a Kombi Brazil is total differently attached than the European counterparts. Also the height of the lock housing is a little different.

The good news is that we have the European version in production too and will be coming soon.

Meanwhile we  have in our silver weld through program the locks with the rods available.  Please click HERE.

0436-516 Cargo door large lock mechanism with locking knob – Bus Brazil 76-92

It all started when some kit car builders bought our used stocks for these door lock mechanims and asked for more…. the search was on!

We’re happy we finally came accross this manufacturer who offered them in his program. And so we offer them too!

These little mechanisms will take our inner door handle BBT # 0524-01 with the little special designed cotter pin BBT # 0517-50 to operate the door lock from the inside of your beetle built between 1955 and 1966.

The right side is made to lock your door at once, exactly as original. Left door is always locked with the key in the outer handle… for left hand drive cars of course, right hand drive is just the other way around.

0524-050 Door lock mechanism left – Beetle 08/55-07/66
0524-060 Door lock mechanism right – Beetle 08/55-07/66

We updated our BBT grid plates.

Called “Avis adjusters” of “Puma adjusters” by many, we call them grid plates.

Grid plates are made to the design of very early Porsche front suspension.

Simply weld on your front axle to adjust your ride height.

We figured out there’s a difference in the tube axle diameter between split window and bay window bus.

Hence we offer both correct diameters now.

Both models are perfect fit and precise diameters for every application.

For beetle you can find BBT grid plates HERE.

1349-000 Grid plates,front axle adjuster – Bus 03/55-07/67 (pair)

1349-1 Grid plates, front axle adjuster – Bus 08/67-07/79 (pair)

Because we could trace the OE manufacturer of these locks we can offer now these locks with the same OE quality but at a fraction of the price.

We have also added very interesting quantity pricing!

Now there’s absolutely no reason anymore not to replace that old worn out tailgate lock!

0436-753 Rear hatch lock mechanism – Bus 08/71-07/79


Also this week more items came back in stock. We present you a small selection.

1790 Forged piston and cylinderkit 87mm – Mahle


0436-535 Cargo door lock mechanism with locking rods right rear /left front – Bus 03/55-07/62 SWT


0890-58-1 Top hat section rear under ribbed floor – Bus 07/59-07/67 SWT


0890-670 Side panel reinforcement 10mm profile – Bus 03/55-07/67 SWT

3400-210 Front seat frame passenger 2/3 bottom and back – Bus 08/62-07/67 SWT


0915-204 Accelerator cable – Bus 08/82-89 DF/EY/GW/DH


0890-918 C-post left Pick-up – Bus -07/67 SWT


3120-060  Seat covers black 70-72 TQ

The BBT news team wishes you a happy and especially dry weekend.

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