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Why there’s so many back orders?

Let us try to explain what’s happening in BBT world today…

For the simple reason the entire world is upside down.

Because Western world countries do seem to be on the right path of recovery the pandemic is over. There’s a lot of countries still in de middle of the big crisis and lock downs come and go… some countries can’t fight the big bull western world countries to buy vaccinations, or simply do not have the possibilities. This makes the entire industrial world is still upside down, on a way we never saw before…

Let us give you some details here.

Big or small, all factories fighting to get raw materials. This disturbs the free market scale of price for offer and demand letting prices rise on a way we never saw before. This week we had a supplier that raised his prices by over 60%!

From there it goes to shipping, what’s a complete disaster. We really don’t understand what is happening, containers from the West Coast USA who take normally 4 weeks to arrive does now 12 weeks (or more) and the Far East is even worse!

When BBT has 4 to 5 containers on the ocean in normal circumstances this number is now raised to 15 because of we ordered more and the shipping gets longer… over 6 months of inventory value are currently on order, never ever we had even over 3 months on order…. and still we suffer way to much back orders.

The price for container shipping raised everywhere. Especially Far East inbound traffic prices moved up with no less as 500%! Yes that’s five hundred percent price increase!

The worst problem of them all, we don’t see any improvement in short terms at all… So please forgive us (and all other VW parts suppliers), for lesser infil lately.

But where not the only market that’s been hit. Everybody and everything in international manufacturing and trade get the same load of problems as breakfast every morning. Therefor we’re afraid that prices of about everything might rise significantly in the near future….

We’re looking continuously for solutions and our purchase team never worked any harder as they do right now. We bite us in every case as a bulldog on steroids, sometimes being successful, solving small problems… one by one…. one at the time… its learning like to walk again, waking up after a three weeks coma from a Covid 19 infection. Believe us when we say you simply don’t want to experience!

But as every week, we also got this week some new additions to our ever-growing program, just to restore that fine Volkswagen of you….the big wheel keep on turning… we don’t give up!

Keep the faith, stay healthy and enjoy summertime! We’re here to withstand all the above!


We finally found a good reproduction of the tail gate lock for buses German build buses from 1955 up to 1963 and for the Brazilian Kombi all the way up to 1997.

Very nice finish and perfect working this can be the perfect replacement for your old worn out and (or) messed up unit.

Make that tailgate close again as it deserves.

0436-710 Rear hatch lock mechanism – Bus 03/55-07/63, Bus Brasil -97


These water drain tubes you (should) find in the front corners under the (front) trunk of your Karmann Ghia.

They simply guide the water from your front hood seal trough your inner fenders outside.

If you have always a wet or humid trunk or spare wheel area these little elbow rubbers might be the solution!

We sold them already under shop reference W592-141-823-715 but now a full worthy BBT part.

Tested and approved, sold per pair.

0753-200 Front hood drain tube – Karmann Ghia (pair)

“Plastic fantastic” was a seventies thing.

But seventies plastic was not very strong.

The small plastic gear to let operate your distance counter in your speedometer (both miles or kilometers) is the same thing. If you open a speedo it’s broken or cracked almost all the time.

BBT made most models plastic gears with latest technologies and add now the late Bay window gear for speedometers without trip speedo (day counter).

The strangest thing, early bay window had a metal gear (what don’t fit on late speedos)

Our speedo gear line is continuously expanding. We have now most common speedo gear available for Bug & Bus You can find HERE

Proudly produced by BBT we invite you to check out our ever low pricing and quantity pricing.

2691-019 Gear in speedometer without trip speedo KM/H (17 teeth) – Bus 08/73-07/79

We have now also the window winder mechanisms available for Karmann Ghia.

Coupe and convertible using the same mechanism.

The difference is in the years. Pre 1967 use to mount the window winder handle with a cross pin on the window winder pivot axle (you find HERE). Later models use a little screw on top of the window winder pivot axle.

Our window winder mechanisms are the best available on the market with the lowest price in many cases. We work very closely together with the factory in order to continuously improve production and quality. Our window winders are NOT Chinese made, but in South America and our quality is way better as the Chinese inferior product while our price is about teh same. As always we care about quality as we want to use our parts on our own cars!

Our entire window winder program for all classic Volkswagens you can find HERE

Check our prices and quantities.

0367-900 Window regulator – Karmann Ghia -07/67 left
0367-905 Window regulator – Karmann Ghia 08/67- left
0367-910 Window regulator – Karmann Ghia -08/67 right
0367-915 Window regulator – Karmann Ghia 08/67- right



7407-2 Rear window seal – Bus 08/67-07/79TQ


0367-1 Window regulator – Beetle 08/55-07/64 left


0424-1 Upper hood latch – Beetle 08/52-07/67


0438-22 lock catch on sidedoor – Bus -07/67


0653-200 Ignition lock + keys – Bus Brasil -96


7570-050 Lower bracket w/roller slidingdoor – Combi -07/79


0765 Door checkrodseal – Beetle 08/55-

BBT sells plentiful window seals for most air-cooled models.

Most of our kits for standard and deluxe replacement rubber are German Made.

Window rubber kits mainly contain seals for front, rear and side windows.

For Split window beetle we actually have two different kits.

BBT # 0334-1 is a complete kit for beetles up to 1953 (split window)

BBT # 0334-2 is basicaly the same kit as the above but here the seals have a 45° angle weld. 

All early Volkswagen seals had a 45° weld.

We’re proud to say that almost all KDF cars in the world are restored with correct BBT45° weld window seals.

For all of our window seals we like to refer to our window seal charts You can click HERE to find an overview of window seal charts by category.

Next up is the BBT Throttle linkage for type 4 engines.

Extremly simple made, this is a great quality linkage that’s adjustable to tune your carbs a for a perfect synchronised working.

We sell the same BBT throttle linkage also for Type engines 1 HERE.

2187-1 – Throtte linkage – Type 4 engine


As a final this week we like to remind You we have all parts for Type 4 engine to Porsche style cooling system conversion…

You can easily find all your Type 4 engine conversion needs by

Clicking HERE 

As usual if you can’t find what you’re looking for or need a particular part you can call us on +32 (0)3 633 22 22 or email

BBT News team wish you a happy weekend!

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  1. A very nice and frank explanation of BBT’s backorder issues and the current general world conditions and how they affect current production, shipping, costs and delays in the VW parts world. A bummer, but a fact of life that is well explained!


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