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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.