Airmighty #38 came in late last week and is available now through our webshop….
This edition of Airmighty includes the BBT Taiwan tour with full picture report of our Silver Weld Through factory
Now You can learn how we make all of our sheet metal…:)
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….. by word of mouth…. somewhere in California, unfortunately to close to the ocean…
Two Type 3 squarebacks a 63 and a 69, can you see them in the first picture?
Unfortunately too far gone to carry home
I liked the color combo very well, but not the rust…:(
The 69 was the parts car…. both cars sitting here since 1980.
I like the story, and the fact it was a first owner car, unfortunately he didn’t store it good enough…:(
Better luck next time?
During our last Brazilian trip we visit several collections and had great conversations with many collectors and friend… meanwhile we enjoyed the country fully!
Caio’s cars are wonderful!
The roads are amazing nice, so much green!
Some people had banana trees in their garden… my friend Claus, former CEO of Mahle South America, has no less as 500 banana trees in his garden…
But Claus has a wonderful collection of Volkswagens too!
and besides all that is Claus a real good cook, the BBQ was OUTSTANDING!
Thanks Claus to give this trip an extra dimension…:)
Down the road….:)
and as cherry on the cake and thanks to my friend Luis we could visit Brazil’s premier private collection; Mr Goshima’s stables…
With loads of VW’s!!
and some heavy equipment…:)
when you have “enough”?….:)
Mr Goshima’s collection is housed in the buildings of Autobox 54, a public car museum from (another) Mr Luis, and we got a private tour! wowh!
What a wonderful time we had!!
Thanks to EVERYBODY to make this trip a really unforgettable one!
This trip comes to an end, but we’re glad to show last couple if visits, starting with one of our distributors…
Yes, BBT parts are available in Brazil, off course they are…
Mr Caio was proud to post with our BBT banner!
on the road to the next stop
We had a wonderful lunch with Bruno and Bruno from Mahle!
With a factory visit…
This place is huge… but inside was not allowed to take pictures…
We saw and discussed the making of piston and liners… BBT will be forever a very loyal Mahle partner, the best piston and liners we can buy for our aircooled VW’s!!
Next was a company that will make our flywheel rings…
We started up production for Flywheel rings to replace your worn out starter teeth on your flywheels…
Small highly specialised factory…
Testing is everything and correct hardness is tested in simple every step of the production process!
The welder before his welding machine, high induction welding, this brave man did it for millions of starter rings!
cutting of teeth by-pass…:)
Flywheel rings are grind 10 at the time, pretty spectacular!
we will have them soon available, last details been discussed, and first order is placed… we will make 6 and 12 volt 109 and 130 theeth…
Off course no Brazil visit is complete with out a visit to a Bob’s burger…:)
Thanks for following my travel adventures and as my next tickets been booked already stay tuned for more travel adventures….:)
Our trip goes well, so far so good…
First stop this week was the plant that build our 6volt voltage regulators, we discussed the final steps of the Bus 6 volt 50Amp regulator and the brand new project of D regulators for the 25 HP engines…
Our caps are 100% interchangeable with your original Bosch cap… and we make it all electronic, protected for water damage and miswiring… the small print in the picture does all the work, amazing what electronics can do for us, but the technology behind is incredible!!
We have 0,2% of warranty, what’s real good so far, but we make it better. We took the time to test and discuss the warranties from the last year… We both learned a lot, the factory engineering time and ourselves!
This is serious product development, to make our VW world a better place!
Next was the plant of Auto Linea, where the aluminium engine cases and cilinder heads been made for our 4 cylinder aircooled engines…
Machining of the heads needs three CNC machines in two steps per machine… impressive!
An engine case before and after machining, can You find the seven differences? …:)
Machining of the cases is a full CNC process…
This place is loaded with high tech latest technology CNC machines, very very impressive…
A custom machine to drill all holes in a 6 cylinder Mercedes-Benz truck cylinder head at once…
Borg Warner Turbo houses been machined here as well… Turbo anyone?
On the streets of Brazil You still see many aircooled VW’s as daily used cars like this Brasilia…
Next visit was the factory that makes Beetle front axles for us… This factory was lifted out of a bankruptcy only few years ago, now they’re OE supplier for Nissan and others, and they stay BBT main supplier for gastanks and front axle housings…
They also make skid plates… protection is everything…:)
This is how front axles start life, these tubes will be front axles soon…:)
… and this are the machines that make them… can these machines also make Bus front axles? Well who knows, maybe that was the reason we cam by to ask??? Future will tell…:)
We like inventory…:)
Scrap metal truck in style… VW off course!
Next was a smaller but more expensive project; Ring and pinions for your beloved transmissions… we had a lot to discuss!
Next stop was gauges and speedos… real cool small scale place, with uber cool machining and tons of craftmanship…
The owner, Fernando, showed us his Volkswagens with pride!
We will continue to more factories and report as we go further so stay tuned!