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Tropical storm in Japan, wind storms in California and if that was not enough yet Trump decided to take his troops away in Syria, so Erdogan can start to penetrate the country and put all refugees back, even in a total other area as where they come from.  We’re talking about three million people, one third of the population of Belgium… Are we starting a second Israel scenario? Our thoughts go to these refugees, hopeless people with no place to go…. why political leaders think about certain groups as “just” cattle?

Closer to home, the Brexit mess continues and the closer  the end of October comes the less people know what will happen. Many companies are raising their inventories… maybe something to think about? We really wonder where this will end…:)

BBT thinks positive, hence the new products we want to introduce this week… state of the art, as always…. and more to come. Beautiful things are in the pipeline…

Wow, the whole dashboard for the splittie bus!!! We hardly couldn’t believe our eyes when we received the first sample…

So many times cut for a larger radio, holes drilled everywhere for switches to make the bus look like an airplane or dead simple rusted away near the front windshield(s).

We started with the early model, the later models will follow…

The perfect replacement for yours and with BBT silver weld through perfect fit guarantee.

0890-982 Dashboard – Bus 03/55-04/61 LHD

Finally available! The correct  headlight bowls  for an oval window beetle.. This was the last part we needed to assemble out front fender program, which will be revealed soon, but the headlight bowls are now available with  correct flat spots where they belong  and dots pressed in correct position … forget  cheap reproduction stuff, this is exactly like original, to restore your car as it should… It comes with BBT’s Silver weld through perfect fit guarantee….

0180-200 Headlight bowl L/R – Beetle 54-57 TQ

We also created new part numbers for the wheel studs for your beloved Bay window bus.
No need to replace the complete hub anymore, when just one wheel stud went bad…
High quality as always and easy to replace. Don’t take the risk anymore to drive on less wheel nuts as it should!

2584-400 Wheel stud front M14 x 50mm – Bus 08/70-07/79 (1)

2584-410 Wheel stud rear M14 x 40mm – Bus 08/70-07/92 (1)

Sport-O-Matic as it was called in the USA or the half automatic as we tend to say in Europe are beetles with a semi automatic transmission where you have to shift, but without clutch. They have their oil seal on the drive shaft just like a normal beetle transmission. The difference here is that the oil seal is completely different and very specific. And with all Volkswagen logic there are two different models… Improvement of our product must they have thought back in the day…:)

We stock both models under BBT ref 1417 and 1417-1. The later had a supply issue the last couple of months. We talked with the factory, set up for tooling repair and made a new production run. We have plenty now and are happy to sell!

So this call to all Sport-O-Matic drivers, your oil seals are again available !

1417-1 Seal automatic clutch 11/69-

Various items are being removed from stock to make room for new ones.
Of some items there is only 1 left in stock.
So be quick, because GONE = GONE
Prices excl. VAT


7015 Cal-Look rear windowseal Type 1 convertible 04/53-07/57

12,25 euro


0932-200 Heater cable left Type 25 (CU-CV engine) RHD – 4565mm

22,50 euro


0932-250 Heater cable right Type 25 (CU-CV engine) RHD – 4670mm

15,75 euro


We always think it’s funny because, when we finish this news post, we start working right away on the next one, BBT never stops. We always play, but in a positive way. We care about people and their beetle and would never ever send you to area’s where your beetles would not be happy. Make Love no War, when will political leaders understand this? Good leaders don’t need war to being remembered in history…

BBT news team wishes you a super nice weekend, enjoy the Indian summer when you’re in Western Europe, and for those who live in Japan or California, hide well, hopefully nature will be mild to you…

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While South of Europe still has “heat waves”, in Western Europe fall made its entrance with a Bang…  rain, rain rain and overcast skies… we always hated that, but with the hot summers lately we start to like it… not good for our cars though… but it’s good for nature…

What’s good for you? Well we have a selection of  new items that arrived lately in our always expanding BBT program. if you need something you know where to find….:)


The flimsy quality from the rear corners under your back seat was the only quality left when VW Mexico ceased production, due to export regulations from VW Germany.

A German company who aims for quality just like we do, tooled up and made the perfect replacement for what Volkswagen wouldn’t deliver anymore.

Stamped out of galvanised correct gauge steel, especially for the outer reinforcement panel which is made from 1.4mm steel!

Also all holes perfectly line up and the fit is exactly like original.

Happy we can again offer these panels in a top quality here!

0877-150 Inner rear corner left – Beetle 08/67- TQ


0878-150 Inner rear corner right – Beetle 08/67- TQ


To stay with metal parts we took these hinges in our program, because we ran out of used ones… The hinges are for the late Bay window engine lid. They will fit all Bay window with the “hook” hinges built from 1975 model year all the way up till end of production in July 1979.

Originally one of these hinges was welded and one screwed to the body, but most easy is to fix them both with a countersink screw.

0157-260 Hinges engine lid (pair) – Bus 08/75-07/79


We love Vanagon T25/T3 and their drivers… out of demand from them we come up with this easy to read manual for the Diesel powered Vanagon T25/T3 … from now on in our BBT program.

9335-100 Workshop manual diesel/turbodiesel 16/1700 – Bus 07/79-08/92


Airmighty n°36 has arrived on our shores and ready for delivery on our shelves!

9496-36 Airmighty 36


Anybody who knows beetle engines will always notice at first glimpse, if the rubber boots on the generator are in place, when you open the engine lid. It’s a small part and your beloved Volkswagen will drive without happily as well, but it’s that finishing touch, that small detail and original finishing… it tells a lot about how detailed the whole engine is. Although never a guarantee, a nicely finished engine is a well maintained engine and boosts trust and reliable prospectives….:)

We have them back in stock, ready for you available from our shelves…

1960-500 Rubber boot for generator cable for connection D+ and DF 12Volt


We got also a new load from this upper brake fluid reservoir for your bay window built from August 1972 till July 1979.

1257-24 Brake fluid fill reservoir – Late Bay window bus 08/72-07/79

This transmission cradle used to come from VW do Brazil. After they ceased production because of export regulations dictated by Volkswagen Germany we ran out of stock.  But now we found a worthy alternative and stock it again.

This cradle can also be used after 1972 if you change your transmission mounts with our BBT ref  1481 or 1481-100

1489 Gearbox mount – Beetle/KG -07/72, Bus 50-07/67, Type3, Type181



0393-510 Sliding roof handle kit – Bus 05/79-08/92

27 euro excl.

7565-200 Seal for front side reflector lens – Bus 08/67-07/70

6,75 euro excl.

The BBT News team wishes you a wet and relaxed weekend, enjoy the rain, while wrenching your cars!

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Wow, what a headlines in the news this week… impeachment procedure started against Trump, the Supreme Court set Boris Johnson back with his feet on the ground and the latest climate reports told us the sea level will rise with one meter and 80% of the glaciers will disappear in Europe, that all by the end of the century… we wonder which will come first of these three items!

Besides all this tumultuous news we also bring you our news, what’s maybe not as spectacular but one day you might need one of those cool new products……..



We got finally a correct and very high quality engine lid lock that will fit your Beetle and Bus for the 1966 model year. These high quality engine lid locks come in 2 pieces, exactly like original.

This engine lid lock comes with two keys in correct T profile. The gasket between the lock and the engine lid can be easily obtained under BBT ref 0723-1

It can be used on all 1967 model cars as well, but originally 1967 model engine lock was a one piece lock.

0429-630 Engine lid lock with key – Bus 08/65-07/66, Beetle 08/65-07/66 Chrome TQ



Next we like to introduce our electronic 6 volt turn signal relay.

This is in fact the electronic equivalent of our mechanical 6 volt blinker relay BBT ref 0685-5

Total hook up is no less as an impressive 110 watt!

Big advantage with an electronic blinker relay is that it gets your blinkers going also at idle, a big problem many times with 6 volt cars.

Simply the best invention for 6 volt cars since they launched 6 volt cars…:)

0685-505 Turnsignal relay 6 Volt electronic (4 pin)



In the late forties and early fifties the Philips head screws hardly existed. So all split window beetle and early barndoors have been assembled with spearhead screws.

To have everything correct we bring you now the correct spearhead screw on M5 x 12mm to mount a lot of hardware on your split window beetle. This is the exact screw that holds your taillight housing to the bulb holders (4 screws per car) the doorlatches (2 screws per latch) also for Barndoor, doorlocks and doorlock catches and so many more.

These screws are simply essential if you want to restore your split window beetle or barndoor the right way!

Sold each.

8771-05-012 Screw countersunk speared head M5x12


We got also this cool little rubber back in stock that blocks the weird half oval-shaped hole in your late bay window bus taillight.

0799-200 Grommet for cable in taillight – Bus 08/71-07/79


No tsunamis and no impeachment procedure for us, we just continue to make our Volkswagen world a better one.

The BBT News team wishes you a lay back Volkswagen weekend.

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I woke up in shock in the beginning of the week as Saudi Arabia Oil installations have been attacked by “drones”… gas price at the pump went immediately up as well as fuel oil for house heating… but every morning when we check the stock market we don’t see any rise of crude oil at all, it even went down a bit….. was the drone attack fake news? Or is the price rise fake news? It must be one of both!

We @ BBT don’t bring fake news, our NEWS every Friday is genuine and full of goodies,that  we  have available now and will be good for your car one way or another!

This week was no other and we have a mix of new products for many different Volkswagens, very interesting so let’s start…

We all love Karmann Ghia’s, therefore BBT stocks many Ghia parts. Today we introduce the support for the Ghia outside mirror for all Ghia’s built 1965 and later. It’s a 3 pc set up which holds your mirror to your door.

0471-115 Seal for side mirror – KG 08/65-
0471-116  Mirror support – KG 08/65- (metal)
0471-117 Chrome plate mirror – Kg 08/65-

For the early splittie bus lovers we add this week the lever that sits on the fuel tap (really down below your bus indeed).

Barndoor buses had the gastank in the rear engine compartment with the fuel tap right below. It means if you run out of gas you have to stop, go to the back switch fuel tap to reserve position and start-up again.

Testimonies from Barndoor drivers from back in the days say that mainly happened in a very narrow street or right in the middle of an intersection.

With the post barndoor bus from April 1955 VW solved the problem and mounted the gastank before the engine (above the transmission actually) and put on a fuel tap with a lever that  is connected through a cable to the driver cabin. All you have to do is pulling the fuel tap knob out and the spare gas runs happily into your carburetor.

Although most buses came with an electric fuel gauge from 1961, the holy VW parts books say the lever (and the whole fuel tap set up with that) was for all split window buses built from 1955 all the way up to 1967.

Let’s keep it simple, if you don’t have a fuel tap you don’t need the lever…:)

0492-128 Fuel tap lever – Bus 03/55-07/67

Fuel taps for your bus can be found HERE

For all Type 1 13-1600cc engines we add the piston pin clips. They fit all 1300, 1500 and 1600cc engines with 22mm diameter piston pins.

Rather NOT for 25 & 30Hp or 1200c (34DIN Hp) engines.

1603-250 Piston pin clips 1300/1600cc – 22mm (8)

Let’s dive deep into speedos here. This plastic gear that drives your odometer, call it the gear that moves the numbers in your speedo. This gear used to be of brass but at a certain point they changed that into plastic.

The plastic from back in the day wasn’t that good and cracked. Makes the odo doesn’t work (count) anymore… pretty annoying.

New speedos being expensive BBT brings you the solution with this  brand new gears to replace the cracked old gear.

BBT Odo gears have been made in modern high quality plastic UV resistant etc etc… a product we could improve a lot from the original!

We have two types, for the speedo in miles per hour we supply the gear with 11 teeth. For speedos in kilometers per hour we supply gears with 12 teeth.

Sold each.

2691-005 Gear in counter KM/H – Beetle 10/52-
2691-006 Gear in counter mph – Beetle 10/52-

We have searched and found….

The left side of the rubber between the body and the tailgate on your T25/T3 Vanagon was already longer time available under BBT 0799-300

These rubbers guide all of your electric wires for all-electric tailgate features such as third brake light, rear window heating or central locking.

From now on we also have the right side available.

Sold each

0799-305 Cable grommet boot – Bus 05/79-08/92 Right

BBT supplied since ever the steering box for the late bay window buses from the WAT brand.

Unfortunately WAT tooling is now beyond repair so WAT steering boxes are no longer available.

Going back on the market we searched long and deep and tested every single steering box available or manufactured. We came up with this alternative not Brazilian steering box which does the job pretty well for a reasonable price.

These steering boxes are not filled up yet and the manufacturer suggests a mix from 50% transmission oil with 50% of regular yellow grease for smooth operation.

1368-300 Steering box – Bus 08/72-07/79

If there’s one 34PICT3 carburetor on the market that works it’s ours… we sell many and don’t get too much complaints… We finally got them back in stock and have them readily availble for delivery.

2142 Carburettor 34 pict 3

A little product update here… BBT 1845-100 was always supplied with a plastic cap… unfortunately this cap was the weak point. Either broke or came loose and was lost easily… bummer…

We improved that now giving our oil filler extensions  a high quality billet cap…  So after our 1845 comes also our 1845-100 with this billet cap.

1845 Oil filler aluminium / billet cap

1845-100 Vertical oil filler aluminium / billet cap

Wow that was quiet a bit for just a September Friday…:)

Happy we can provide more and better parts every week.

BBT News team wishes you a very relaxed weekend… forecast is wonderful, so why you don’t make a tour in that beloved Volkswagen……

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With a more as good weather forecast for Western Europe, we give you this Friday an update from what’s new @ BBT with all pleasure… right before we start our (aircooled VW) engines and make ourselves ready for some great touring!


Finally finished!! Over 2 years of development, but we finished our Westfalia style louvered windows for the center side windows for your beloved Bay window bus.

Very high-end finished made from real nice polished aluminium. We guarantee a perfect fit and trouble-free working. This is a nice substitute.

We improved the fixation for the knob hex as we didn’t like the original spline design too much, so we made our own knobs and they’re not interchangeable with original Westfalia louver windows. All our windows will come standard with the knob so nothing to worry about!

Comes with a stainless steel mosquito screen, that will even keep the most nasty, small or big, bugs out of your camper!

Fits all year bay windows for the center side windows.

6610-100 Westfalia louvre window complete, knob left – Bus 08/67-07/79


Of course we add some new sheet metal this week in our silver weld through sheet metal line.

We start this week with the inner panel right above your engine lid.

Between the engine lid and the tail gate as we say,it’s the inner panel so the panel that  gives strength to the panel that attaches your engine lid hinges for the late splittie bus, made from Aug 1963 up to July 1966. The 1967 model year still has another pressing, because of the different tailgate lock. ….

0890-394 Engine lid hinge panel reinforcement – Bus 08/63-07/66


Also for the late splittie bus we bring now the seat rails & brackets for the cab seats. Many times rusted away or simply cut out to put “modern” seats in this new rail and bracket set can be the perfect part to restore your bus back to stock conditions! Fits all buses made for the 2+1 front seat configuration made between August 1962 and July 1967.

Sold as one set.

0890-152 Seat rails and seat brackets – Bus 08/62-07/67



After countless special orders we decided to make also the 17 inch white wall part of our program.

As all of our white wall these 17′ white walls will come in a set of four pieces.

2539-17 White wall ring 17″ (4 piece)

Discover HERE all our white walls


We stock already longer time 14 & 15 inch inner tubes. For old cars and old wheels it’s simply more secure to mount an inner tube. Therefore we also stock  the 16 inch inner tube for split window beetles and Barndoor splittie buses.

Plse pay attention that if you mount our inner tubes into an old style steel wheel you will need to place BBT 3990-100 rubber valve stem adapters to protect your valve stems against failures or cracking!

3990-016 Inner tube 16″ (550/550)

Don’t get scared by the picture!!

This is just the rubber washer between your running board and the fenders of your car. We sell these out as in the future they will be automatically be in the complete running board mounting kit.

your “Last chance” to buy them separately!

A-0100-200 Rubber spacer running board/ wing

€ 0.13/pc excl.


That was it for this week, thanks for looking and enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend. If you go for a ride… happy motoring!