Wow, when we saw the map of all different wild fires in Australia it looked like the whole country is on fire… the human tragedy must be immense! Of course we carry our hearts away for our friends and customers. How many cool Volkswagens will have been destroyed by these fires by now? Smoking hot, but very smoking in the negative way…. a real disaster, let us all pray for rain and the wind to stop….
Smoking hot is also our news this week, but thanks God in a positive way. We will bring you some real cool goodies and a lot of back in stock products too! BBT is in full rock mode and you will know it.
First we present you our heater rise covers for all type 1 engines that work with fresh air heating systems for engines built 1963 and up. These small plates are necessary to keep the always up moving warm air on the underside of your engine down where it belongs. Good and correct installed engines have no gaps where the hot air from below can move into the engine compartment. These heater rise cover plates help to achieve that goal. The gaskets for these are available under BBT ref 1057-250
We also add the real glass lenses for back up lights, brake or rear fog lights… They will fit the BBT Hella chrome accessory light ref 0608 but also the original bus back up lights first with M code 47 delivered buses but from the 1967 model year they came standard on many models all the way up to 1971. Of course this is also the correct lens for the central brake light on buses up to 1958.
We deliver in red and in clear real glass, original Hella, with Hella Logo. Pick your choice!
Early wiper shafts have a cool little cap that prevents water to seep between the real wiper axle and its sleeve. Two models exist being one for beetle, ghia and type 3 while the other model is for bus. BBT brings both models back their typical white see through rubber. We guarantee a perfect “snap” and fit. We deliver these babies by the pair.
But also later model wiper shafts have caps and grommets and a lot of other small parts necessary to mount wipers correctly. BBT supplies most of these parts.
Mounting a gas tank can be a challenge without this necessary gasket. This gasket prevents real cheeky noises made between the two metal parts, your gas tank on one side and the body of your car on the other side. a real necessary part and now back available from our shelves.
We also got a new production run of our universal weather strip. This weather strip is a perfect seal to use as a window scraper if your car has one-piece windows, but is also used on many different custom applications. back availble from our shelves.
Nobody beats our hub caps. We sell them under legal VW license. But we have perfect European chrome applied under our own BBT quality control. 240 hours salt spray test, double checked at least every 6 months with full service track records. This is the automotive standard for OE (assembly line) of today. We can be equal but do not have to be more holy than the Pope himself, do we? They were not on our shelves for a couple of months, because of problems in the chroming process, which are all solved now…
Back available in the by us desirable quality. We’re ready to deliver!
Our hearts stay with our friends in Australia this week. Damned those wild, you do not want to burn down everything you’ve been building up in life!
BBT News team wishes you a wonderful fall weekend, get out, hike or bike, or get in that garage and work at your car, all is hobby, all is cool!
The weather turned into our very cozy Belgian national shit weather… typical fall weather, rain, wind, humid and cold all together, cozy Belgian shit weather is the perfect name… and look, now the weather went worse the politics start moving… we went for election in May, and now they start talking about a government … Politicians… I’m even surprised to see Boris Johnson heading for elections… isn’t he the guy who said he would be rather laying death in a ditch, if there was no Brexit after October 31? He looked pretty alive to me for somebody death in a ditch!
On the other side of the pod does Mr Trump what he does best. Kicking and mental wrestling with the rest of the world, in order to “fix” things.
Politicians don’t get it, they think (very) short minded and have no clue how hard certain people have to work to pay taxes. The politicians simply spend on their theater, theater from a very very low level…. nothing to be proud of, but that, ladies and gentlemen, they will find out by themselves…. one day…:)
We @ BBT are busy to make at least our part of the world, being the Aircooled Volkswagen community, a better place with better parts and push this way the whole market upwards. The only way we can let our beloved Volkswagens survive is to re-store and maintain them with the best parts possible…
Also this week we like to present our new arrivals, nothing like fashion or politics, our parts stay forever.
For the early buses the B post has arrived for the right side cargo doors… we already have the left side B post under BBT ref 0890-900 and now we have the one for the cargo door.
More models for left side cargo door and later model years (low hinge) will follow in the near future.
Next we like to present our fuel tank for the Super Beetle (we like that name!) in Europe known as 1302 and 1303 beetles. For normal carburetted versions we used to have the fuel tank since a long time under BBT ref 0492-3. But Super beetles with fuel Injection need a special fuel tank with an extra connection for the return of the fuel.
With this we’re kind a proud we can offer the correct fuel tank for fuel injected Super Beetles as shown here. Super beetles built for the US market had fuel injection since 1975. California was first to introduce also unleaded fuel in 1975, way before any other country even thought about that. The USA is more concerned about pollution as one may think…:)
That said this fuel tank has two 8mm connections, 1 for the regular line to your fuel pump and the other one for the return. While our regular fuel tank BBT ref 0492-3 only has one 8 mm connection.
This brass brake line connection can be found on the front of 1302/03 beetle models or on the rear of all IRS chassis (Beetle, Ghia and type 3) . Exactly like original it was fastened to the chassis by its bolt and connects two brake lines to each other.
For sure it can be used in a lot of custom applications to connect two brake lines….
When Bob needed kick panels for one of his buses he turned red, what a shame BBT didn’t stock a real nice quality of kick panels. We stock the overpriced TMI versions in our shop under a shop reference, but nothing in our wholesale program.
We changed that for now and forever with these high quality (exactly like original) kick panels in a perfect price quality ratio! Made out of black painted and grained fibreboard, easy to rework if necessary.
Both models are now available from our stocks for early and late bay window.
Late bay window fits LHD and RHD cars. Left and right side panels are identical and fit perfectly.
Early Bay window is RHD for now and can be adjusted easily to LHD if you cut out the notch for the brake fluid reservoir. Most easy it’s to put the right side on the left side panel and cut that little opening…. as said only for early bay window and meanwhile we’re working on a proper LHD version which will arrive shortly.
Get your Bay window that KICK (panel) it deserves NOW!….:)
In our seat cover assortment we enlarge our stock program with every delivery. This month we chose for the 78-79 walk-through bus front seat covers in square weave with horizontal seams to join our shelves.
With this addition we have almost all front seat covers for bay window in stock. Check all BBT ref 3165 to see the range of seat covers we stock for your beloved Bay window.
Because the development of our doorstop for bay Window BBT ref. 0438-65 takes longer than expected, we’ve decided to bring our used ones in our catalog to help out people in need. So for now we got you covered with nice hand selected used parts.
Development of new ones will take a little longer, but will be done for sure!
We got the small spacer bushing for your headlight ring screw back in stock.
This little bushing is so important to mount your headlight on a pre 67 bus or beetle. This spacer keeps the perfect distance between the eyelet of your headlight ring and the body of your car. Made out of nylon to prevent damage, too much pressure on either eyelet or fender and especially this soft nylon prevents cracking the paint on your fender to give corrosion absolutely no change.
Real necessary for whatever early headlight application on your early beetle or bus, no substitute.
After our supplier quit because of retirement we found a new solution for the oil pick up tube for Type 1 engines with Porsche style cooling system.
Meanwhile we improved the design and quality at once for perfect looks and fit.
And most importantly we can deliver them from our stocks.
BBT News team wishes you a super cool weekend, just go hiking in the real cozy Belgian shit weather, get a fresh nose and be prepared for more new products next weekend.
BBT panels get a recognition on its own, the Silver weld through coating… no need anymore to grind coating off before welding… our panels can be weld right through our coating!
Massive amount of panels await their coating in this factory department.
First the “E” coating process, E coating is dipped, silver Weld Through is sprayed on, that’s the important difference.
E coating can be compared with powder coating except E coating is dipped (in a bath) while powder coating is sprayed.
The fact the parts are loaded with electricity makes the paint or coat gets equal thickness everywhere… this both for E coating and Silver weld Through.
The E coating needs massive drying tunnels…
The silver Weld through coating is applied by spray gun in a spray booth….
….and dries in open air, it’s very environmental friendly…
Not all parts can be silver weld through coated because of their construction, or assembly, here’s BBT treasure chest door in E coat Black… finished, ready for packing and shipment
We continue our tour in another department, the small parts dept…
Here’s the master tool to laser our Cargo doors…
And the trimming of the tool for the corner window corners…
Headlight bowls… Off course they will be in our fenders, but we want the correct ones, a lot of investigation was done in these, we will have two models, 49-52 (Split) and 53-59 (Oval)
We will also sell separately and we have already both models to cover Bus 55-67…
First hit on our Top Quality 64-66 rear valence… absolute BBT private tooling.
Hot VW’s Shin is checking out our door lock assemblies for bus cab doors…
Also here a very cool banner moment!
We visit the foundry where they cast all tooling… this has to happen somewhere…:)
Shin, Niels and Andy are all ready for it, safety first!
Here the styrofoam is coated and placed in to big steel cages. They fill up the cage with sand and closed to poor liquid metal in.
The styrofoam melts away, and the perfect form of the part stay inside the moulds.
The perfect start to mill out the perfect tooling for the part.
Remember there’s always three tooling necessary; Male, female and overhead. so three castings necessary for every tooling!
The grey parts below are coated styrofoam models…
In close up they look like this…. this is coated styrofoam… ready to go in the cages…
The trees growing here literally out of the restroom….:)
After casting and cleaning, some small parts might be necessary for adjustment, this happens by welding… this is how freshly cast steel moulds do look….
This is an iron pouring bucket. The pouring of liquid metal happens at night only to save on energy costs… sorry we didn’t gave up our sleep to capture that…:)
How they fill the cages up with sand, the styrofoam is already inside…
The tooling are huge as you can compare dimensions with the workers on top of it, these are regular man, no dwarfs…:)
The breaking of the sand from the metal once it comes out of the cages… a pretty dusty work…
Don’t we all like the industrial views of factories brave enough to make our parts? You bet!
We continu our factory visit report tomorrow so stay tuned!!
It’s definitely over 12 years ago since Bob started to find a right manufacturer for the early beetle fenders… He inquired in many factories, in South America, Europe and Asia. Till he found a partner at our Silver Weld Through factory…
We started the tooling in 2015, over 4 years ago, 4 long years, but the result is stunning!
May Bob introduce you the BBT tooling for the BBT early beetle fenders.
These tooling are an exclusive joint venture between the Silver Weld through factory and BBT and the fenders will be exclusively available through the BBT distribution network.
Worldwide that is….
This is what we need to press you one pair of fenders, actually the last restrike tool is not finished yet, and the tools for the headlight buckets are neither in the picture…
US$ 350.000 investment, only to bring you, the Volkswagen aficionado, the perfect fender!
See the series of tooling compared to Bob or the big 10 ton capacity forklift (or to Bob somewhere in between)…
Can You imagine the size and weight????
The VW journalists who joined me this trip went all over the place when they saw our tooling.
They captured at least a thousand pictures!!
Hot VW’s magazine editor Shin brought out his drone to capture our tooling for the tetris challenge, and for his feature in HOT VW’s magazine, this blog is written with his personal permission…
Make sure not to miss out on Hot VWs magazine that feature this trip and the fender tooling!
They need a 10 ton forklift to drive the tooling around…
This is only the female tooling of the first hit tool…
There’s 8 stampings needed , so 8 sets of tools, male, female and drophead…
Times two for left and right… that’s a LOT of castings!
… and we didn’t talk about the headlight bowl yet…:)
Next “flat tetris picture” is voted the most funny shot of the trip by all of us…
Picture credit goes 100% to Airmighty editor Niels.
Thanks for sharing this with us Niels!
Ok, now… some words… words of Thank You….and deep respect.
Especially and before all to Mr GT, the deep drawing pressing genius, unbelievable. If I was hindoe, and believed in reincarnation, MR GT was a deep draw press in his previous life. Because he was so good and stamped so well, he came back as a human being to operate and coordinate presses! Unbelievable knowledge this man has!
Second, Kevin LO my direct and daily contact in the factory; Kevin, I know You went very deep on “our” fender project, I like to thank You very personally. Also out of the complete VW community for bringing this product to us… it will help to make so much more cars so much better…
Last but no last I like to thank out of the deepest of my heart my whole BBT team, without you guys, this fender project could not had even started!
Thank You, thank You, thank You to everybody, we made it!!
The 49-59 beetle front fender is almost finished,
First container estimated to arrive @ BBT HQ February or March 2020.
Pre orders been taking now…
Dealer inquires always welcome!
Don’t delay contact BBT today…
Frederik@BBT4VW.com or Stephan@BBT4VW.com