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.
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…:)
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!
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.
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.
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.
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…:)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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……
BBT’s purchase team finalised the packing of our King & Link pin kits… don’t they look cool?
The Big Box…
…with everything inside….
Finally, and after more as two years of development, the King and Link pin project is completely finished with everything available…, separate, as small kit or as a complete kit, all years 55-67
To be honest we’re kind a proud to ourselves….:)
All information about our King and Link pin sets and its contents or parts thereof on this link
depending the years you’re after.
Not clear? Just send an information request to
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.
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. ….
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.
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.
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!
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!
That was it for this week, thanks for looking and enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend. If you go for a ride… happy motoring!
While Boris Johnson makes a larger mess of the Brexit like anybody else before, we start to book and plan our fall supplier visits… some new and very interesting factories will be visited to find out more about production processes and to try to raise the quality of our products. There will be also a couple complete new factories to visit to start-up new productions. So busy times to come for our BBT purchase team, but at the same time very interesting too!
Meanwhile we had also this week a couple of new interesting products added to our range which we like to present you today.
In our silver weld through sheet metal range we add two new products this week to start with this complete B post for the left side. The B post is the post right behind the cab door. This new B post is only for the buses with NO left cargo doors for post Barndoor buses till the end of the ice pick door handles dec 1963. It’s the first B post in our range,all other models will follow soon.
Next we have the many times rusted out connection between the front of the roof of your splittie bus up to the front windshield frame. Here there’s the two mesh grills who let the air flow through for your air box ventilation system against your roof. Unfortunately not only air, but also dirt, water and humidity flow in and make one and another rusty… Now we have both models available for perfect fit to cover all model range from post barndoor till end of production of the splittie bus.
There are two models to choose from, one up to July 1963 and one from august 1963 (1964 model year) all the way up to end of production. The difference is in the corners where the pressing is different. Most Volkswagen books will give you only one part number, but because we develop our parts with reverse engineering we made the parts exactly like they’ve been assembled in the VW factories when new.
On a side note , 1955 only was slightly different than the later models. As Volkswagen pressed from 1956 on a small border around the mesh grills, so they could block the mesh grills off with small plates when the new buses were transported by train to avoid railroad dust enter the brand new cabins… as said only 1955 buses do not have that small border, but the general fit is exactly the same.
And now a metal part that’s not for a splittie bus! This is the inner front panel for the early bay window. This is the panel that is welded to the chassis members and you will need to start the building up of your front panel. Pressed and fabricated in a perfect quality, completely ready to start the job. This panel only fits early Bay window, we work on the later model too…
Late splittie bus (wide hatch) and early Bay window have small guides at the side of their tailgate to prevent rattling and a well centered closing.The part on the body is a fixed solid part while the part on the hatch is rubber based. We present you today the part that fits to the body, the solid part. A very nice reproduction that works the whole deal.
The rubber based part to the hatch is in development and we can only supply as good used parts for now as long as supply lasts.
Back from long time ago. Because Type 3 cars always had a weak spot in our heart we brought back the chrome window molding with the scraper for all year Type 3 cars. It fits Notchback, Fastback & Squareback, but won’t fit Type 34 Ghia of course…:)
We always carried the left side sliding door seal for your bay window in a supreme German top quality under BBT ref 7530-500. For the more common right side, unfortunately we only supplied till now our economic version BBT ref 7530.
We thought many of your buses deserved also a high quality right side sliding door seal. So with this we like to present you our new BBT ref 7530-005 high quality German rights side sliding door seal. Same manufacturer as our left side, it guarantees a perfect fit and finish!
Our Magnesium engine cases are back in stock. From the supplier who used to make those engine cases for Volkswagen and who still run a (small) production times to times. Every production we try to buy as many as we can… Now back available for you from our shelves.
We also had a new delivery from our coat hooks for Deluxe buses up to 1963…. a neat cool item actually every bus should have to put away your coat in style!
That was it for this week, another week full of goodies, and we don’t stop… we have many more in the pipeline, so stay tuned!
The BBT news team wishes you a wonderful weekend.