Before we know or think about, it’s Friday… again…
Time flies as we all know, we just have to use it as good as we can.
Reading BBT News is the right thing to do ,to spend your precious time.
It makes you so completely up to date about what’s new, what’s back in stock and today we glue in a product update as well.
Grab a cup of tea or coffee, sit back, relax and let it come over you. You deserve it!
Welcome to the BBT News….Welcome to the wonder world of Classic Volkswagens.
As Volkswagen Germany doesn’t allow us to sell any parts with VW logo not originating from their Classic parts department, there are some parts we simply can’t sell anymore.
One of the most affected product lines are keys, especially blank keys.
The T-profile is no way available from Volkswagen.
As something is better than nothing we bring you back the T-profile key blank, without VW logo.
T-profile keys are used on your splittie bus from 1964 up to 1966.
You can find our complete line of key blanks HERE, key blanks with VW logo are officially licensed, T-profile key’s VW does not want to license.
All our keys are sold each.
Late model split window buses have a plastic window washer bottle left from the steering wheel sitting on the parcel tray.
Well sorted out it’s a very helpful mechanism to keep your visibility when driving in unfair weather conditions.
It’s also typical and very prominent to see because of its position.
Therefore it’s very important that it shows in simply every restored bus aiming that little bit of authenticity.
In most cases the plastic washer bottle is still there, but the rubber cap is gone, eaten by time or nature or just simply missing.
BBT supplied the complete washer unit already for a longer time as BBT # 2461-25
Today we bring you the rubber cap by itself as well out of popular demand.
We’ve been able to secure a quite big load of the best quality late model headlight rims from Hella Mexico.
Direct from the Hella plant that supplied Volkswagen Puebla plant assembly lines when they still made beetles brand new up to 2004.
Nothing beats originality,
Well you can’t buy more original than what Volkswagen used to buy themselves.
Of course we have the same headlight rim also available in steel under BBT # 0604 or the stainless steel Flat 4 version under BBT # 9630-000 but now also original Hella.
The mounting screw for these single screw headlight rims you find HERE
T25/T3 Vanagon lovers beware…
BBT doesn’t forget our late model lovers.
We bring you today the engine thermostat for your wasserboxer as well as for your diesel engine. If the diesel has not factory air-conditioning that is.
Both models are of good quality, tested and approved by BBT own T25/T3 Vanagon department.
Comes complete with new gasket.
Out of popular demand we bring back the blue color automatic seat belt.
All of our seat belts come with necessary E marks for European market standards. Sign of safety.
All of our seat belts are sold each.
The flow of incoming goods seems to start picking up steam.
More suppliers are able to ship orders, only ocean freight keeps acting like a retired donkey on steroids.
We’re happy we can fill again a couple of long time backorders.
Always happy to guide you through BBT news we wish you a very wonderful and relaxing weekend.
If you’re back from your holidays welcome back, if you still have to leave, have fun & enjoy!
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.
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.
“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.
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
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)
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.
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
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 info@BBT4VW.com.
BBT News team wish you a happy weekend!
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.
Finally a good solution for brand new door locks!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Also this week more items came back in stock. We present you a small selection.
The BBT news team wishes you a happy and especially dry weekend.
It’s Friday again. It’s Saturday, Sunday, what?
The first phrase of a song that seems to become a monster summer hit this year.
Maybe something has to do with TikTok as well, for the best moves on TikTok that’s the song!
If you want to see the best moves in spare parts land for your beloved Volkswagen you’re spot on here @ BBT News!
It’s Friday again. It’s Saturday, Sunday, what?
Let’s kick this wonderful BBT NEWS off with something for the T25/T3 Vanagon lovers.
Not so much a love or hate item as well a real necessity.
This rubber sits over your gear shift joint on the side of your transmission.
Protects that part of your shift mechanism for unnecessary wear with too much play and bad shifting as a result.
This is a very sensitive part and is broken or missing on must T25/T3 Vanagons…
From Brazil for Brazil.
This ivory colored steering wheel can be the perfect solution for many people with a Brazilian Kombi up to 1975.
This steering wheel is especially and exclusively for Brazilian Kombi.
This steering wheel will NOT fit German built Kombi’s or buses.
The Brazilian kombi steering column is different, hence the specific steering wheel.
On a German built bus this steering wheel falls way too deep over the shaft where it will seize on your steering column and indicator switch.
Very high quality and very nice finish make this steering wheel standing out of everything.
The best thing you can buy for your Brazilian bus.
Comes complete with horn button too!
Steering wheel for German buildtbuses you can find HERE
Split window beetles have a very specific heater handle to operate the heater system.
This handle operates a cable that either opens or closes the heater flaps to let flow the air heated by your engine rather than not in your passenger compartment.
The last split window using this system was built in September 1952, roughly 70 years ago.
So many of the heater knobs are either broken or missing.
Man can ask himself will the heater knob of your brand new 2021 Golf survive in 70 years? Chances are little.
But chances are even smaller somebody will reproduce the heater knob for your 2021 Golf in the year 2091!
Why? Because the split window beetle was and still is an icon, a modern Golf just a way of transportation.
So we’re proud we can bring this part, between others, back for your split window beetle and make them fit again, for the next 70 years!
Available in Ivory white or glossy black, exact as they came original.
Engrafted with the iconic “H” on top, “H” from “Heizung”, German for heating….
This is a perfect reproduction, exactly as we like it!
First engine lids had a L handle up to 1953 from there they got a T handle to lock it up properly.
The T handle made place for a push button in 1964 for the 1965 model year.
For T and L handles there is this mighty little spring mechanism on the inside of your engine lid, that you can’t leave along playing once you get in your hands.
This mechanism is simple and extremely effective, but many times worn out, bent, or missing on many many cars.
We bring you back a complete brand new locking mechanism at a killer low price in very high quality.
This happened when we pushed the sample in the hands of the owner of a spring mechanism factory, he simply could not leave it alone!
The result is stunning, perfect fit and finish.
Proudly made by and exclusively for BBT.
We got loads of parts in last week, here some extraction of long time missing welcome back in stock parts…
When you’re feeling lonely these holidays, we fully understand, therefore we just love to highlight some of our products giving you something to read. And especially a way to dream as well… let’s put the spotlights on……
BBT stocks both the stock dash grill as well as the one pictured below with cut-out hole.
The hole for that lovely and much wanted dash clock or uber cool tacho/rev’s counter.
Our grills are chromed in Europe, in a well-established chroming plant that delivers a perfect finish for this high quality item!
Looking for the speaker grill without the hole cut-out – check 0525-600
Next up are the hard to find and one year only rear bumper brackets for cross over bay window bus.
In Europe it’s referred to as T2ab, but also commonly known as the crossover bay.
These rear brackets are different to eachother and exclusively fitting the Bay window bus 1972 model year.
Copied directly from NOS examples, these perfect reproductions are ready to fit your bus.
Also available for the RHS with reference 0019-440
Last one for this week is the below seal to be fitted between the body and your number plate light.
Another quality item produced by and exclusively for BBT
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 info@BBT4VW.com
The BBT NEWS team wishes you a happy weekend, let VW bring you to most iconic destinations…. enjoy!