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In Europe it looks like we get the virus under control, still a lot of measures apply and people think the virus is gone don’t realize new patients every day being hospitalized. It’s like saying You do not exist, thanks God numbers are under control.

The rest of the world suffer way worse… news reach us from states in USA with huge numbers and also South America is going bad, especially Brasil, where Covid-19 kill over a thousand people a day last couple of days… in China and several other countries they get the “second wave” interpret as “the return of the terminator”.

The virus is here to stay…. with us… between us… people that think it don’t exist are not looking in the mirror every morning, the Corona virus do exist and it’s in between us now! We better adapt!

Our first thoughts are still with all victims of this terrible disease and their families. Giving up a close friend or relative must be hard when you can’t say goodbye in decent way, unimaginable except when you’re in the middle of it.

One and another results in a heavily disrupted world trade… some containers in Brasil been postponed over 4 weeks in ports like Santos or Paranaguá, simply because crew of vessels can’t be getting off board or changed, infected or not and vessels have to wait outside the port.

Demurrage costs are in the millions now and no port authorities seems to give up… crazy world we’re living in!
Yesterday we finally got confirmation two of “our” containers been loaded aboard at Santos port for their trek to Europe, happy us!

Be sure our purchase dept. running overtime in order to get here what we (or You) need!

All problems aside we have some new launches also this week and the split window cab doors are a Big Bang, to everybody we suppose! Finally a good alternative for a perfect restoration!



BBT Split window bus cab doors arrived!!
BBT’s Silver Weld Through program stepped up and tooled up for the cab doors.

Over three years of development, tooling, trimming, testing, adjustments and final details.
It was a big lesson for all of us, factory included.

 A door for a split window bus has a lot of secrets you would not think of by just looking at it!
The main issue was the fitting (off course) in the bus and how Volkswagen used to adjust these doors in the bus back in the day.

We discovered that, for perfect door alignment, the outer hinges must be plied into correct position.
Every bus is different!

To help with that we supply the outer hinges separately for easy fit and more reachable adjustment.
We made the doors to factory spec, as all of our Silver Weld Through sheet metal parts.

The development took longer than we wanted because we did not want to give up on quality.
Now the production is running and we’re happy we took baby steps the whole way.

We’d especially like to thank our factory workers and engineers for their endless patience to reach the goal we all wanted.

Three models of doors to choose from:

BBT # 0158-210 & 0159-210 for the 1955 up to 1959 model years, these also fit ALL Brazilian Kombi -75

BBT # 0158-220 & 0159-220 for the 1960-1963 model years, with the recessed door handle hole. (Coming soon, reservations accepted)

BBT # 0158-230 & 0159-230 for the 1964-1967 model years.(Coming soon, reservations accepted)



There is a lot of difference in engine cooling tin.
People long enough in the scene discovered for sure the differences between single and dual port engines, doghouse oil cooler tin and things like that.

Also pulley tin has several variations. We think we found an important missing link with our new BBT # 2211-110

Our new pulley tin is wider as our long time existing BBT #  2211-1 and apply perfectly with our rear engine tin BBT # 2250-150 for the upright Bay window bus engine, and off course for several applications for the beetle engines.

2211-110 Tin behind pulley wide – black


We also have received our steering column clamp for beetles up to 1967.
These clamp literally holds your steering column to your body.

We brought those in after we ran out of all of our used ones.
Many times missing on long term projects, they never go bad, but many times lost.

They come with their rubber buffer what’s also available separately under BBT # 1370-003

1370-055 Bushing with clamp upper steering column – Beetle -07/67



In this weeks Product in the Picture we are putting a spotlight on the watercooled T3/Type 25 engines and more specifically
on the coolant hoses.

BBT HQ stocks a large variety of coolant hoses for all the different types of engines.. water-cooled,
diesel, turbo-diesel, late, early, synchro, etc..

All of these hoses are our own proud private  production, manufactured with outmost care in highest quality material available
Our prices are spot on. Actually we do guarantee the lowest price, if You see a price lower like ours, call us and we beat that price!

Below a selection from our ever growing assortment..

4250-001 – Coolant hose to left cylinder head – Type 25 1900cc/2100cc 85-, EY SP DJ MV SR SS


4250-002 – Coolant hose to thermostat – type 25 1900cc, DF EY


4250-008 – Coolant hose expansion tank to water pump – Type 25 1900cc DF EY /2100cc 85


4250-010 – Coolant hose water distributor to cooler – Type 25 1900cc/2100cc 85


4250-206 – Coolant hose first piece thermostat-oilcooler – Type 25 2100cc


4250-301 – Coolant hose 3 way engine – expansion tank – waterpump – Type 25 1600cc/1700c D/TD


4250-304 – Coolant hose from water pump to radiator and extra water pump Type 25 1600cc/1700cc D, CS, KY


Of course we sell many more, please see our full assortment T25/T3/Vanagon hoses HERE

If you can’t find what you’re looking for you can, of course, contact our sales team via telephone – +32 (0)3 633 22 22 or email info@bbt4vw.com.
If we don’t have it in stock we can always find it for you!

Thanks for looking our NEWS today and BBT News team wish a wonderful, relax and sunny weekend…

BBT News

So many days in lockdown.. are you still keeping up with it..?
Well here at BBT we continue to do our part in the community.

Every week we review the situation, adapt, adopt and align. We look at the things that go well and the situations we can improve.
We also try to keep things as much as what they were, create a routine and keep the momentum going.

We hope you’re doing well too, in order to feel better we introduce more parts this week, to make your cars better and more accurate…
Details matters, for the virus and for our cars that is….



First we have the plastic dummie screws to cover the holes for the seat belts in case your car does not carry seat belts.

From the mid sixties all Volkswagens came standard with all necessary mounting points for seat belts front and rear.
But not all countries required seat belts so Volkswagen covered them up with these plastic screws.

Now we have these brand new  in case you want to cover those holes up again and are universally used on all Volkswagen models of that era.

They come both in black or white, for you to choose from. Sold each.

0573-210 Seat belt plug 7/16″ black

0573-211 Seat belt plug 7/16″ white



Back in the eighties, when we still serviced bay window buses used as daily drivers, this rubber T-piece for the gas tank venting was already quite often in bad condition.

The rubber just didn’t hold up very well, gas fumes and engine heat finished it off!  Cracked, lost, dried out or difficult to put back in place, we remember it as if it were yesterday.

So we’re so proud we can bring you this little rubber T-piece brand new and in a better as original rubber quality.
This T-piece is for the late-model Bay window, 1971 and up. Sold each.

All other rubber connection pieces for your bay window bus can be found HERE

2147-540 T-piece gastank breather engine bay – Bus 08/71-07/77



Next we have another small part of plastic that finishes your emergency brake cables so nicely on IRS cars.
All aircooled Volkswagens with Indepent Rear Suspension used this little plastic clip to tuck the emergency brake cable nicely away.

Mainly worn out, cracked or simply missing we have the perfect alternative.
Sold each.

0926-000 Handbrakecable clip trailingarm ‘IRS’ – Beetle/KG, Type181, Type3, Bus 05/79-08/92



We bring you this little screw (believe me the picture doesn’t do justice, it’s small…:)) that holds the treasure chest  or engine lid hinges on your splittie bus  (Click here for BBT 0157-25 Hinges) 

These screws also hold your tailgate piano hinge up to 1963 (Click HERE for -63 Tailgates) 63-71 Bus tailgate guides (Click HERE for BBT 0438-120 & -125)  and many more. 

A screw that simply can’t miss in any VW toolbox!

8772-06-012 Countersunk cross head screw M6 x 12mm Din 965


And such we continue with our bi-weekly product of the week.
In this edition we bring our attention to some parts out of our T3 / type 25 assortment.

We kick off with a couple of our cylinder heads..

1721-840 – T3, also suitable for T2b – Type 4 2000cc

(please note, when ordering make sure you check the engine code to ensure you have the correct head)


For all other Type 4 cylinder heads CLICK HERE

1721-950 – T3 – Diesel ’81-‘85

1721-980 – T3 – Diesel ’86-‘92

Obviously we have a whole assortment of cylinder heads for your T3 / type 25.

CLICK HERE for all of our T25/ T3 watercooled cylinder heads.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for please get in touch with your BBT contact or email us at info@bbt4vw.com


Next in line are the diesel filters we have in our assortment.

Yes you read that correctly, BBT also stocks a huge assortment for the T3 / Type 25, even those equipped with a water-cooled or diesel engine.

1697-100 –  T3 – Diesel filter until 07/87


1697-155 – T3 – Diesel filter 08/87-04/88


1697-200 – T3 – Diesel filter 05/88-07/92


So far for this week.

If you’re searching for a particular part and you can’t find it in our webshop, just send us an email to Info@BBT4vw.com with a description of what you’re looking for.

We usually have what you need and if not we can always get it for you.
In the meantime we at BBT hope you, your family and friends remain in good spirits – stay healthy and get those projects ready to enjoy as soon as we’re aloud out again.

Wednesday Thank You day…

This Volkswagen Samba Bus Is a Thank You to Doctors in the COVID-19 Front Lines

Nearly the whole world is currently in lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak, so when they’re not working remotely, many people try to rediscover the hobbies they abandoned after embracing the full grownup life.

Gaming is obviously one of them, and the huge number of people going online to play games is one of the reasons publishers and tech giants like Microsoft, Sony, and others struggle to deal with the spike in usage.

Gran Turismo remains one of the top choices for racing games fans out there, but at the same time, it can also serve as a pretty cool way to show our appreciation to those who are currently in the front line fighting against the pandemic.

Someone has created a “Thank You” version of the 1964 Volkswagen Samba bus that’s specifically supposed to do exactly what its name suggests: say thank you to the doctors and nurses risking their lives these days and treating patients infected with COVID-19.

The livery can be downloaded by anyone using this link, but in addition, the designer has also shared the decal that you can use to apply to any other car model in Gran Turismo Sport.

It goes without saying that this design fits the Samba bus just perfectly, especially because this model has previously been used as an ambulance during the ‘50s.

Source: www.autoevolution.com