Product update

More sheetmetal…

Another container of our Silver weld through sheet metal arrive last week, all  individually  and properly packed in their own destinated proper box…

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We like to be graceful for what we get.

Here in Europe things aren’t that bad…. If we talk with people of China, Brasil or the USA, things are a way worse… and “hard lockdowns” are words that have been really said and taking into account!

Wow, another hard lockdown, we don’t wish it to  anybody, do we?
In Europe most stays under control and life gets more and more back to “the new normal”, even it’s maybe more “new” than “normal”….:)

This week we like to present you a lot of “new arrivals”, all “new” and all “arrived” too….



In our bi-weekly container with Silver Weld through sheet metal there were a lot of “new arrivals”

We give you an overview starting with these wonderful complete A-posts.
These fit all split window bus from model year 1964 all the way to the end of production.

Exact copy of the originals made with our extreme accurate reverse engineering system.
Stamped on 3 piece cast deep draw tooling.

Exactly like the original part Volkswagen used on the assembly line.
Another perfect replacement part.


0890-187-1 A-post complete left 08/63-07/67


0890-188-1 A-post complete right 08/63-07/67



Next is the C-post for the single cab split window pick up.
You find the C-post in the middle of the pick up truck. If the B-post holds the door lock catch, the C-post is the post at the end of your treasure chest so to speak.

Depends if you have the treasure chest on your left or right side, or both, we have the correct C-post to have you covered.

The non treasure chest C-post is in development as we speak and will come any time soon…


0890-918 C-post left Pick-up – Bus -07/67



0890-919 C-post right Pick-up – Bus -07/67



Not in our silver weld through program, but sheet metal as well are these end of the sill in pretty high version for your T25/T3/Vanagon.
Situated right above the front mounting point of your trailing arm, this part of your beloved bus is for sure pretty rust sensitive.

We used to have those already in an economic version under BBT # 0892-320 & -321

Now we can deliver these in absolutely real nice quality, just to keep all of these cool T25/T3/Vanagon buses on the road!


0892-322 Short sill rear left – Bus 05/79-07/92 TQ



0892-323 Short sill rear right – Bus 05/79-07/92 TQ


Next let’s move on to your Beetle with these state of the art “Made In Germany” backing plates.
New in our backing plate family is for the front of post oval window beetles all the way up to the end of the 1964 model year.

This is the front backing plate for the single bolt wheel cylinder cars with king and link pin suspension.
For the 1965 model year with the introduction of the ball joint suspension ,the backing plates changed slightly in the base plate and the adjusting wheel pick up.

We modified the design slightly so the brake shoe is laid on 3 instead of 1 base as original. Volkswagen changed the design with the 1965 model year to bring more stability to the brake shoes. Because of this design became mandatory from TUV in Germany shortly after we decided to bring this also in our early backing plates to raise your security.

1291-400 Backing plate front – Beetle/KG 09/57-07/64 BBT


1291-450 Backing plate front – Beetle/KG 08/64-07/65 BBT


Product update; Same time we found out that BBT # 1291-500 (OE VW 181 609 139) was advised by Volkswagen for the 1965 model year and up. With the inspection and adjusting holes. Originally the 1965-1967 front backing plates didn’t had those, but as Volkswagen found out it was so much easier to rather have them, we totally agree and deliver our late model backing plates from 08/65 onwards now…

With these you will have to use our BBT # 1295 rubber inspection plugs.

All of our backing plates family can be found: HERE

1291-500 Backing plate Front – Beetle/KG 08/65-  BBT


With summer properly kicked off here in Europe, a corona situation that is seemingly under control we can finally let our hair down a little..

As such with our beloved classics we can open the sunroof, put the roof down or if you haven’t got any of these features – a bit of extra fresh air is welcome
via the quarter lights.

These quarter windows are operated with locks that usually, over the years, are rusted, broken, gone missing or perhaps they
just need replacing to match that concourse restoration you’ve just finished. BBT has its own production quality quarter window locks that will look
good on any car.

Below are a few examples out of our assortment.

If you have any questions or can’t find what you’re looking for please call us on +32 (0)3 633 22 22 or email


0517-03 – Vent wing lock Sedan & Convertible, left, each – Beetle 08/64-07/67


0517-04 – Vent wing lock Sedan & Convertible, right, each – Beetle 08/64-07/67


0517-05 – Vent wing lock, left, each – Beetle 08/64-07/67

0517-06 – Vent wing lock, right, each – Beetle 08/67- Bus 08/67-07/79, Type 3 08/71-


0517-07 – Vent wing lock Convertible, left, each – Beetle 08/67-

0517-08 – Vent wing lock Convertible, right, each – Beetle 08/67-


The BBT News team wishes you all a very relaxing “new weekend” may it be equally new and weekend…. time to relax…

Free late bulk head anyone? All we need is a test report…

This is the first sample of the late model bulkhead out of our Silver Weld Through sheet metal program did arrive yesterday.

We did visual inspection of all angles we could, and measured a lot, right away…

We search somebody who can test fit it right away and make a full test report. Is that you?

The test report should say what’s good and especially what still has to be improved, documented with all necessary pictures and measurements.

If you can do this we grant this sample for free, the faster You can do the more change it will become yours, we only have one….

Read below how to obtain this panel…

For us it’s important that we can start up production as soon as possible. We invested quiet some money in this tooling so we’re looking on some return on investment to invest in other tooling. That’s how you keep a company running….:)

We do know many people need a late model bulk head urgently and some projects are waiting a new bulkhead for over two years now, but do you have time to test fit right-a-way? We need that test report as soon as possible to continue our production…

Send us a couple of pictures of your project and the time frame You can test fit this bulkhead, Who can give us the FULL report the first will get this late model bulkhead for free.

The bulk head should be picked up from BBT HQ over the weekend. A model from a test report will be provided…

We will close inquiries tomorrow Friday evening…

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Just do it. Succes!!

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Summertime! Most European and North American area’s got a big chunk of summer sun last week, what makes people happy (and start to bark about “too much”) but for most of us it was just a relief after all corona measures.

Sun gives light, light gives hope and hope is the engine of the spiritual life….:)

Let’s start thinking about what after Corona, let’s stay positive and imagine Corona goes away. But what would you do differently after Corona than before? What did you learn out of it and will you stop your rat-race?

We, @ BBT,  decided that we only want to go further for what we are doing so long, more quality because life is simply too short to restore cars with inferior parts.

This week we got some very interesting parts new arrivals, which have kept us busy for a while to develop. But we succeeded and here we are…More quality, Corona can be a good lesson…:)



When you ordered your VW split window bus back in the day, you could actually choose where you wanted the cargo doors. Left side or right side. Most common was the opposite side of the steering wheel, because you had the doors on “your” boardwalk side. Oh yes and there was also double door option, cargo doors on both sides that is.

Up to now we only had cargo floors for right hand side cargo doors. Most work shops “adapted ” those for left cargo doors, but almost never with full satisfaction. Today we make the difference. From now on we also have cargo floors for left side cargo doors.

And of course for the left hand cargo door configuration, we now  have  also the right side floor plate for the  closed version as well.
This makes whatever cargo door configuration you have, we always have the correct floor combination for you.

Available from our stocks.

0890-744 Floor plate left, cargodoor – Bus -07/67 (TQ)


0890-754 Floor plate right, non cargodoor – Bus -07/67 (TQ)


We also brought in this tube for the wire loom for your bay window bus. This tube can be originally found  between your front and rear chassis cross member on every Bay window bus built between 1970 and 1979.

Because of moisture, humidity, dust and mud they are simply rusted away.
We bring you this tube in the correct diameter of 27mm with a correct length of 130cm.

0891-695  Guide tube through chassis for wiringloom – Bus 08/69-07/79



Let’s go into detail.
Your deluxe split window bus had a headliner.

Now, we bring you those nasty little rails, that hold your headliner and keep it under tension to keep wrinkles out.
We made both models, the flat and angled ones.

The flat one, you need three lengths to mount a headliner in your cabin. But you can use also use ours to replace the bent out or missing originals.
And of course these give you the possibility to place a headliner in buses that never had one, panel vans, or standard kombi’s and the like…

The angled ones sitting around the airbox in the cabin (you need 2 lengths) and also around the optional sliding roof (you need 6 lengths here).
Another necessary part in the hunt to a perfect restoration which we solved now, up to the next…

2931-200 Headliner grip flat 80cm – Bus 03/55-07/67


2931-205 Headliner grip angled 80cm – Bus 03/55-07/67



Various items have been 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

2908-251 Headlining, vinyl, for sliding roof Type 3 TL 66-73

58,50 Euro

2908-201 Headlining, vinyl, Type 3 TL 66-73

90 Euro

We wish you all a very happy weekend. Soak up that sunlight, people just need it.

And never forget, enjoy that Volkswagen…..

BBT Brake hose, commitment to quality, safety and quality test program.

We’re working on a quality label for our BBT brake hoses and will give you the sample here of what will appear at every brake hose in every catalog, digital or printed in the future…

BBT Brake hose, commitment to quality, safety and quality test program.

The BBT Brake hose is made in a factory that’s really world class.

One of the only brake hose factories in the world that produces literally everything in house, nothing else, only brake hoses or parts thereof.

Numbers don’t lie, in this case up to two million brake hose connectors (the metal piece on each end of the brake hose) a month and up to 8000 Brake hoses (in 4 production lines) per shift, if necessary they could work in a continuous three shift workday…..

This is serious business from a serious manufacturer with necessary certifications to supply OE (assembly lines of car manufacturers) but also aftermarket.

For the air-cooled Volkswagen market BBT is the exclusive customer.

So what can we assure as quality?

We followed for you the complete test program ourselves and are happy to share this with you here, and on every single brake hose we sell from now on.

Our brake hose production is monitored by 4 different quality tests along the way…

Test 1. Pulling test

Here they really put weight on both end of the brake hose to see how far they can pull it until it snaps.
Automotive standard is stretch up to 158kgs according current SAE norms.
We witnessed they surpassed this numbers big time and the connector blew off only at over 351 kgs, what’s the double of the national standard to us.

Frequency of the pull test is at least once every shift for every production line.

Test 2. Explosion test

When you pull the brake pedal You put pressure on your brake hose through your brake fluid.

The maximum operational pressure You will ever achieve is 80kgs in a car and never ever over 120kgs in trucks.

We witnessed in this test pressure of over 500kgs on the hose for full two minutes, and from there moved up to over 900 kgs, without the brake hose exploded.

The test was stopped here for security reasons… 900kgs of pressure is a LOT!

The frequency of this ‘’explosion’’ test is at least daily. Every single batches of brake hose undergo this test.

Test 3. Volumetric expansion test

The volumetric expansion test validates the brake hose for its expansion using pressure.

That is, the hose cannot expand more than that was established by the SAEJ1401 Standard enabling that the braking system obtains the planned result.

In “normal human language” this test checks if the hose keeps the same flow and don’t bulge or push hose canal wider open under high pressure to ensure the brake fluid flow stays the same in volume in all conditions.

This will give you a steady brake pedal the moment you press with your foot…

If you like to get numbers… The specification for the expansion test is that it is less than 0.68 cm³/m by 6.9Mpa; less than 0.79cm³/m by 10.3Mpa.

This test is carried out weekly. A sample is taken individually from each braiding machine, to ensure that the textile reinforcement is meeting quality standards.

Test 4. The Ozon aging test

This test creates an environment in the machine for the brake hose according to the parameters previously established.
According to SAEJ1401, the amount of ozone in the environment must be 100PPM, humidity of 70%, temperature of 40 ° C over a period of 70 hours.
To pass, after 70 hours of uninterrupted testing, the brake hose cannot have cracks in the rubber.
This test is relatively new in the program and is in operation since beginning of 2020. We do this test because there was some small problems with the outer rubber layer about two years ago. We work continuously on a better product.

The Ozone aging test is performed monthly, to ensure a quality outer rubber layer mainly, but also to test the rubber and textile layers on the inside.


BBT is selling over 10.000 Brake hose every year to all corners of the world. We stock following models.

Other models can be made to measure if You concern certain quantities.

Normal service recommendation for brake hose requires a general check of brake fluid and brake hose condition every service interval. Brake fluid change is generally recommended every 2 years, or at least seriously testing. However, this is a generic recommendation, each brake fluid manufacturer has its own specification within the DOT standards and is informed to the consumer in their respective packaging.

Our brake hoses are fully guaranteed for 3 years, but even if older we would appreciate to get them back for research to make a better product.

This commitment to quality is the least we can warrant our customers for their brake parts.

Buy the BBT brake hose because we care for your quality, we talk brake parts after all!

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