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With inflation flirting around 10% in most countries of the Western world our life gets more expensive.
Parts for our beloved classic Volkswagens are part of that.
Every day we get price raises from factories unfortunately.

There are two countries with a negative inflation worldwide for the moment.
Life gets cheaper every month in Benin and South Sudan, but we doubt they produce any part we might need.

But we do know inflation will not stop us bringing you more parts to help us living our VW lives full force.
Welcome to BBT News, let us present you our product updates for this week.

Let’s start with some new parts we carry now for the most stylish Volkswagen Karmann Ghia.
We add the rear quarter pop out seal for 1972 and later Karmann Ghia coupe.

We talk about the rubbers sitting in the body what seal the glass when you close the window.
One set is for both left and right side.

Rear quarter pop out seals for your Karmann Ghia build between 1960 and 1971 can be found HERE

0759-196 Seal popout window – Karmann Ghia 08/71- (pair)

Karmann Ghia used several models front indicators over the years.
We like to introduce here the indicator housings for 1957 to 1963 and for 1964 up to 1969 models.

Mainly pitted or corroded with broken studs and tabs and/or oxidized bulb holders if not missing at all we offer now the perfect replacements.
Made from NOS models with a very nice finish this is the absolute ticket for a perfect restoration.
The 58-63 and 64-69 Karmann Ghia indicators are not handed, so the same for either left or right.

Lenses for 58-63 models can be ordered under BBT # 0616-300 for orange and BBT # 0616-301 for clear.
Lenses for 64-69 models can be ordered under BBT # 0616-305 for orange and BBT # 0616-306 for clear.

Karmann Ghia front indicators up to 07/57 you can find HERE
Karmann Ghia front indicators for 1970 and later models you can find HERE

Seals for all Karmann Ghia indicators you can find HERE

0616-312 Indicator housing front – Karmann Ghia 08/57-7/63
0616-315 Indicator housing front – Karmann Ghia 08/63-07/69

The lens on a 58-63 Karmann Ghia front indicator is held by a very specific chrome ring.
We have this ring available now.

0616-311 Ring indicator housing front – Karmann Ghia 08/57-7/63

Originally Volkswagen had 3 different final ratios for its Type 1 transmissions.

Shortest was a 35 to 8 ring and pinion what gave a 4.375 final ratio, mainly used in 1200 and 1300cc beetles and derivate.
Half long was a 33 to 8 ring and pinion giving a 4.125 final ratio, used in some 1300 as well 1500cc beetles, Type 3 and derivate.
The longest original available was a 31 to 8 ring and pinion good for a 3.875 final ratio, originally used in combination with most 1600cc engine configurations.

The shorter your final ratio the more RPM your engine will rev at a certain speed, the longer your final ratio the lower RPM, if your engine is strong enough to pull at least.

In order to make your final ratio longer as anything original we introduce now the XXL 31 to 9 ring and pinion to give you a 3.444 final ratio.

Perfect to let that high performance engine gain some speed @ the Autobahn, or to cruise at lower RPM with a properly build high displacement engine.
For most strength we bring this XXL R&P with splines like for the later model transmissions, a keyed version for earlier transmission models is in the works.
Our R&P’s are Made in Europe by a well-respected automotive gear manufacturer.

Fits all Beetle, Ghia, 181, Type 3 and split window bus.
For Bay window and later buses Volkswagen used specific transmissions not fitting other air-cooled models of their line.

1493-053 Ring and Pinion 31/9 (3.44) – splined

BBT supplies long time “Freeway Flyer” transmissions HERE
They come with a “long” 31-to-8 ring & pinion for a 3.875 final ratio coupled to a 0.89 4th gear.

A 0.89 4th gear ratio tells you the drive axles from your baby runs lower RPM as your engine.
This creates what they used to call an “overdrive” effect for lower RPM long hauls with powerful engines.

Because of good used 31-to-8 R&P’s become rare and new R&P’s are expensive we introduce now a complete rebuild transmission with a 35-to-8 R&P and a 0.89 “long” 4th gear for your swing axle suspension.
This is a perfect solution for stock engines to run long motorway distances, like driving to VW shows!

These transmissions will fit all your beetle, Ghia, 181, type 3 and split window bus with a swing axle suspension.
Bay window bus transmission can be found HERE

1490-500 Gearbox 35/8 swing axles rebuild (4th gear 0.89)

Sloppy gears, we believe most experienced VW bus drivers do know what we talk about..
Lots of play whilst in gear and/or in neutral, vibrations, hard to select or find the correct gear..
Let’s see how we can help you on that…..

This week we focus on some small parts that can make a huge difference in your driving experience of your beloved type 2..
Read below how to improve the “gear stick feel” for tighter and more accurate shifting..

The below kit is assembled with all possible bushings used in all post barndoor buses until the last baywindow.
The kit features 7 bushings or guides that are used in the shift rod system from below your gear stick all the way back to the hockey stick that pokes out of your gearbox. Over time and especially when the bus is used well, these bushes will wear out and create play in the system.

What may look like a little slack below will result in very obvious play in your gear stick movement.
When you’re underneath your bus, please check that the shift rod (the front one that connects to your gearstick) is in good condition especially the hole on the opposite end of the cup, when this is too worn out or damaged it will lead to exaggerated play and will need replacing..

Should this be the case, than no worries – BBT got you covered!
Have a look HERE, just make sure you double check the year of your bus as there are several options..

The bushes in the kit are not sold separately.

1408 – Shift rod bushing kit – Bus 03/55-07/79

Next is the shift or gear rod guide that is used in the earlier split bus up until 11/57.
This one is situated at the front of the main shift rod where it enters the tube.
Sold separately and available off the shelve @ BBT.

1408-100 – Shift shaft guide spring – Bus -11/57

And finally our last call out this week is the below coupler.
The shift rod underneath your bus is divided in several parts due to its length and the many obstacles underneath.
The rods are connected with couplers, due to it’s design and the location it lives they are exposed to the elements and more often than not heavily corroded.
It’s not unusual that it needs to be replaced after disassembling the rods as cutting it off is often the easiest way..

We found a perfect replacement which is readily available off the shelve.
Please note the below is the later split bus version, the pre 62 bus used a slightly longer coupler which you can find with BBT # 1403-250.
Whilst you’re under there it may be a good thing to replace the rear coupler too use BBT # 1405 as well as the boot in front of the coupler use BBT # 1404-100

The couplers are available off the shelve by piece, don’t forget to order a new coupler screw – BBT # 1406-1

1403-260 – Shift rod coupler – Bus 10/61-07/79

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

The BBT News Team wish you a wonderful VW summer weekend, if you’re on holiday, enjoy, if you’re working enjoy too!


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In a world where geopolitical tensions rise, inflation (or stagnation) rules and energy cost cause a lot of problems we, @ BBT, simply continue to invest in more inventory, larger productions and better products to keep our beloved Classic Volkswagens in best condition.

That’s at least one thing you’re still can rely on.
Let us introduce you our new products for this week.

We received our first big load of BBT Eco brake calipers.

Thoroughly checked, tested an approved.
Do fit exactly as original.

A perfect alternative to any known brand.
Check out the different models we have to offer…
Real nice quantity pricing available.

1248-010 Brake caliper left/right, Beelte 08/65-, Type3 -07/71 / ECO

1248-125 Brake caliper – Bus 08/72-07/79 – left / ECO
1249-125 Brake caliper – Bus 08/72-07/79 – right / ECO

1248-175 Brake caliper – Bus 05/79-07/85 – left / ECO
1249-175 Brake caliper – Bus 05/79-07/85 – right / ECO

 1248-225 Brake caliper – Bus 08/85-07/92 – left “Girling” model ECO
1249-225 Brake caliper – Bus 08/85-07/92 – right “Girling” model ECO

1248-230 Brake caliper carrier – Bus 08/85-07/92 “Girling” model

Brand new stainless steel rear luggage rack for your Beetle convertible.
For sedan beetle will follow soon.

The complete line of BBT luggage racks you can find HERE

4870-025 Rear luggage rack – Beetle convertible (Stainless steel)

Some of the many items that came back in stock this week.

2181-2 Manifolds and linkage for ICT carburettors, Type 1 dual port

2131-300 Intake gasket double port ‘Panchito 044’ (pair)

0538-2  Rubber carpet kit 12/1300 08/72-, 1302/03 08/72-

0558 Sun visor, right, plexi, smoked, each
0559 Sun visor, left, plexi, smoked, each

The BBT News Team wish you a wonderful VW weekend.
Live, laugh, breath and enjoy!

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Massive arrivals of goods keep on rolling in.
Receiving dept. is bursting.

We’re really getting to our target point of doubling our inventory since Covid.
Our warehouse is loaded with parts for our beloved Volkswagens ready for delivery.
We’ve never ever had more, not even close!

More arrivals mean less backorders, but also that economy is cooling down.
The perfect time to invest in a classic car and no better than a classic car value

A Volkswagen, right?
Are we looking to a new peak in our little hobby?

Or will the perfect mix of inflation, material shortness, energy and climate crisis create the perfect storm and make our hobby unaffordable for many?

Nobody can tell today, we have to see it as 50% chance of opportunities.
As weather forecast never knows, neither do we….

What we do know is that we have some new products to present today with many more to come in upcoming weeks, really massive!
Stay tuned and follow us!

Bay window buses, T2 for many, have the window washer bottle behind the front panel  with its filler neck sticking out of the kick panels.
On this filler neck belongs this cap or cover.

All bay windows came with this cap from the factory, also standard combis and all utilities.
Many times missing or cracked we now bring back this cap, so you can finish that bay window in style.

These caps come with very attractive quantity pricing, check it out!

2462-210 Cover washer bottle – Bus 08/67-07/79

The needle valve is an important part of your carburetor cutting off fuel supply when there’s enough.
Malfunction can give serious trouble with carbs running over and spilled gas can catch fire, burning down your complete vehicle!

We decided to offer the needle valve also separately, apart from our carburetor rebuild kits and choose the best quality market has to offer.
Fits most Type 1 and Type 3 carburetors from split window beetle till production moved to fuel injection in Mexico.

Sold each and  comes with its proper gasket.
Our complete rebuild kits for 28PCI carburetor you can find HERE for most other original carburetors  HERE

2130-920 Carburetor Needle Valve 1,5mm Solex/Pierburg/Brosol carburator – Type1/3

Swing axle transmissions  have two different O-rings to seal the original side covers.

The O-ring in the alu cover is BBT # 1415-051
The O-ring in the steel cover is this NEW BBT # 1415-52

The plastic “flower” that makes the tube glides well over its base can be found under BBT # 1415-050
The six corner paper gasket is BBT # 1415-001 

or a complete transmission gasket set can be found HERE

BBT get your transmissions sealed!

1415-052 Rubber seal rear axeltube cover ‘swing’ – Beetle/KG 03/65-, Bus 03/65-07/67, Type3 03/65-, Type181

Another project came to a happy end this week when our brand new made 52-54 dome light switches arrived.
After we went through all the inventory from an old supplier, with steep rise in price, untill they came completely obsolete in 2018.
We decided the market deserved better and tooled up again.

We made them with the teardrop hole for the bottom.
For the back we choose very carefully the correct screws for flat screwdriver.
Even when you don’t see those, we thought they deserved to be period correct.

Used in beetle as dome light (interior light) switch in the A -pillar from 10/52 up to 07/54.
On beetle convertibles up to 07/64 VIN 6502 399 also situated behind the right side rear quarter window, between headliner and hood.
Here to switch out the dome light (interior light) when hood frame is down to prevent the dome light (interior light) start melting or burning your headliner!

Our complete assortment dome lights (interior lights) and switches you can find HERE

0686-150 Dome light switch – Beetle 10/52-01/54 BBT

Some of the many items back in stock.

1395 Front Sway bar for lowered front end

0662-475 Fuse box bakelite for 2 fuses

0438-295 Gaspump rear hood

0890-936 Inner wall cargo area right

0890-377 Rear corner complete / right (SWT)
0890-367 Rear corner complete / left (SWT)

The BBT news team wishes you a sunny, relaxed and cozy weekend…
Drive your Volkswagen!

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Gas or no gas?

Russian pipe lines opened yesterday again for gas deliveries to Europe, 40% of initial gas supply flows back to the “west”.
This war is a war of compromises.
Easy said its a clash between East and West, and nobody knows where it will stop.

Let’s hope common sense will come soon to the tribe leaders and make our world a world of peace, love and understanding.
Classic Volkswagens fits perfectly that picture of happiness.

To bring that perfect world a little closer we bring you new parts every week, to make our Volkswagen life an easier life. This week no different.


We bring you a Brazilian alternative for our German made brake fluid reservoir BBT # 1257-21.
Both models will fit all split window bus up to 07/66 and Kombi Brazil up to 1975.

The Brazilian version we present here is optical more correct and way better priced, its German counterpart has a MIN-MAX indication and a nicer finish.
We couldn’t make up our mind wich one to follow, we leave that choice up to you by offering both models.

BBT has an extensive line of brake fluid reservoirs for your Aircooled Volkswagen HERE.

1257-20 Brake fluid reservoir – Bus -07/66

Tailgates used in 63-79 buses fight many times with a rust problem under the window rubber.
Starving window rubber makes water gets stuck between the rubber and the tailgate where it starts to corrode.
That will end up “eating” a lot of the metal below the rubber.

Prices of new tailgates are impressive and used tailgates become harder to get.
BBT brings you a more economical solution.
This handy repair panel will repair these nasty areas below that rear window seal.

This is a one piece repair panel and runs about 5 cm down.

0890-225 Rear window panel tailgate – Bus 08/63-07/79

Whether you’ve just bought a new project or you’re working your way around a restoration you’ll get to the phase where exterior items such as the below handle will get a closer inspection..
Often the chrome has had it’s best time and lots of rust spots have taken a more prominent place or the handle is in a bad shape all together.
Here at BBT we’ve got a great selection of beautifully reproduced handles with good quality chrome.
A such the cargo door handle we show here is no different to that. This handle in particular is for non commercial buses as it has the longer spindle to hold the inner door handle.
Available off the shelve and is ready to be fitted – comes with 2 keys! If you wish to see our entire exterior door handle range have a look HERE

0425-660 – Cargo door handle with key BBT – Bus 08/58-07/67

Next up is the bottom plate of the cab door step, this is often he first part that starts rusting so instead of replacing the whole cab step, you are able to repair it with this part. Of course also available for the LHS with BBT ref 0892-080.

0892-081 – Door step underside right – Bus 05/79-07/92

For our last shout we have a pair of 4×130 wheel spacers, they are 25mm wide and have conical seats and come with longer chromed wheelbolts.
The set is ready to use so you can fit those aftermarket wheels and adjust the stance of your car.

2529-1 – Wheel spacer 25mm – 4×130 (alu-wheel) – pair

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

The BBT News team wish you a splendid and relaxing summer weekend, enjoy your Volkswagens!

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When are we going back to normal?
Since the pandemic and lockdown a regularly heard question.

Well maybe there is no way back to “normal”.
Corona and the military conflict between Russia and Ukraine changed the world with no return.

What is (or should be) “normal” anyway? We’re living today the new “normal”.
Economic situation, inflation and a poor performing Euro currency will make the life of the average European citizen a lot more expensive.

Also BBT has to raise several prices unfortunately.
But we check every product individually, try to keep price changes under control where possible.

We work hard to keep our passion affordable, because without passion life gets boring.
We have some cool new products this week, and some other highlights as well.

Welcome to BBT News.

Besides our 9mm wide Hose Connector kit BBT # 1466 we offer now the same kit with the smaller 5mm wide band.

The 9mm kits are used for axle boots and other larger diameter applications that need more strength. We see the 5mm hose connector kit used to secure smaller diameter applications such as the heater hoses between engine and chassis on early beetles. Also to secure your velocity stacks on your vintage speed engine exactly as Porsche used those on their Carrera 4 Cam engines. Just to name a few.

Off course you can use where you want for that perfect vintage look. So much nicer as regular modern hose clamps, the BBT Hose Connector kits will fit simply any diameter. You simply cut the hose connector band on your desired length.

BBT Hose Connector kits come in a handy roll off box, contain 8 meters of band together with 25 clamps.
Essential for every correct restoration. Mandatory equipment in every workshop specialized in Vintage and Classic cars.

8775-005 Hose connector kit 5mm

Beside the ivory colored steering wheel for the Deluxe Brazilian Kombi BBT # 2702-150 BBT offer now also the black color steering wheel for utility and standard Brazilian kombis.

The Steering wheel for Brazilian and German build split window bus is different. Steering wheel for German Build split window bus you find HERE for Ivory or HERE in Black color.

2702-155 Steering wheel – Bus Brasil -75 (black)

Tired of empty promises from several suppliers we tooled up for our own production of this spindle washer for your early split window bus. German Buses use these from first production all the way up to 07/63 and Brazilian kombi use these up to 12/66.

Laser cut in Belgium to exact dimensions of an NOS example on latest technology brand new CNC laser cut copy machine. This automated process make them cheaper as ever and we add a cool quantity discount as well.

Back from long time unavailable, get yours now.

All BBT spindle washers can be found HERE
Spindle nut lock washers can be found HERE

1360-200 Spindle washer – Bus -07/63, Bus Brazil -12/66

We changed these convertible little necessities over to a German OE supplier.
Beside an even better quality we also can offer now a better price and some cool quantity discounts.

7079 Rear quarter wedge conv. 65-79

Large load Type 4 Webcam camshafts came in, finally they got back blanks to grind in the Webcam factory.  This make Type 4 camshafts finally available again from our shelves. First shipment came in with many more on the water.

1629-72 Camshaft Type4 Web Cam 86
1629-73 Camshaft Type4 Web Cam 86A
1629-74 Camshaft Type4 Web Cam 163
1629-76 Camshaft Type4 Web cam 163/86B

1624-5 camshaft gear wheel T4 for all B.B.T./ Webcam T4

The BBT news team wish you a super cool weekend! Enjoy that VW!