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Most of our developments start when we do not find what we need, or are tired of what exists.
To see with quality or availability, sometimes unreasonable prices are igniting us.

Building a network for over 30 years helps choosing suppliers and manufacturers.
We try to keep our Volkswagen hobby as economical as we can.

Every week we publish three of our latest developments and some updates.
Welcome to the BBT News.

 

Bus IRS stub axles holding your CV joint on one side and your brake drum on the other.
Early bay windows with wide five (5 x 205) bolt pattern have longer stub axles than their later brothers.

Sky rocketing prices for used ones made us producing the early axles ourselves.
Same time we produced a batch of late model (shorter) ones to reach quantities necessary to keep prices down.

Original Volkswagen (NOS) stub axles for late model HERE

1478-590 Stub axle rear ‘IRS’ – Bus 08/67-07/70 BBT
1478-610 Stub axle rear ‘IRS’ – Bus 08/70-07/92 BBT

 

These manifold ends connect your central manifold with your dual port cylinder heads.
We scored these out of remaining stocks from VW Mexico.

Made for 1600cc engines, they will fit your 1300cc dual port engines as well.
We sell by the pair, one left and a right together.

2109-620 Intake manifold ends 1600cc – Type1 (pair) – OE

A front brake drum from a 64-67 bus is remarkably close to a front brake drum from a 68-70 early bay window.
The only difference is the outer diameter from the grease seal that keeps the grease in your wheel bearings.

We now offer  this 64 x 50 x 8mm grease seal to mount a late split drum to an early bay window car.
BBT #1287 and  BBT #1287-01 front brake drum uses this 64mm outer diameter seal to fit both, 64-67 split window bus and your early 68-70 early bay window bus.

1359-015 Grease seal front wheel bearing, brake drum 64-67 on 68-70 – Bus 08/67-07/70

 

We received a huge shipment from out SWT factory with several backorders.

0891-104 Front wheel arch left – Bus 08/72-07/79 (1.20mm) SWT
0891-105 Front wheel arch right – Bus 08/72-07/79 (1.20mm) SWT

 

0013-710 Bumper rear – Bus 08/71-07/72 (white)

 

0157-601 Tailgate Deluxe – Bus 03/55-07/63 SWT

 

BBT News Team wish esyou a splendid weekend,
Do we see you at the Ninove start of the season show on Sunday?

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March 1 or shall we say Mach 1?
It looks like the entire world is accelerating.

Accelerating on fast speed comparable to Mach 1.
Supersonic speed, faster as sound, comes with a bang.

BBT parts and developments come with a bang too.
One bang for release, another bang for the bucks on your money.

Words are easy to say. Parts are difficult to make.
Every week we give you our new launches.

Better parts, new parts, updated parts.
We simply do it.

Welcome to BBT news.

 

Split window double cabs are cool cats.
Now we bring the rocker panel under the right-side rear cab door.

Lock rod bracket supplied loose along.
More parts for your double cab HERE

0890-317 Sill under cargo door Double cab – Bus -07/67 SWT

 

BBT makes their ignition wire connectors in brown Bakelite as supposed to be.
We now supply  the BBT brown Bakelite short ignition wire connectors separately.

The longer connectors for Type 4 engines will follow soon.
The BBT ignition wire set family you can find HERE

2019-100 Sparkplug connector short (brown) – BBT

 

Brake shoes changed in January of 1954 (bus in 1955)
The early brake shoes need a different type of brake adjusting screw.

The main difference is the surface slit in the screw where the brake shoe comes.
Early brake shoes need a straight contact surface for the brake shoe in the adjusting screw.

Later models adjusting screws the contact surface is under an angle or “inclined”.
The brake shoes are just opposite.

Early brake shoes have two same inclined ends top and bottom.
Later brake shoes have an inclined side on top and straight side at the bottom.

We experienced many parts mixed up in many cars.
If you ever wondered why brakes on your early car are impossible to adjust correctly this might be one of the reasons.

Volkswagen books give different applications front and rear, bus and beetle.
Cars being that old and brakes repaired multiple times BBT suggests that is better to pair the adjusting screws with your type of brake shoes than working on parts no. or applications only.

Correct early brake shoes are in the works and will be finished shortly.
BBT loves early cars, they deserve correct parts.

Our three different brake shoe adjusting screws HERE

1239-915 Brake adjusting screw – Beetle-01/54, Bus 01/54-03/55

 

Bus tailgate hinge covers are a wisdom on their own.
Split window buses 1964-1967 have smooth surface tailgate hinge covers and Bay windows covers are structured ones.

Also the shape between the two models are different.

BBT is proud that we figured out the right and wrongs to supply now correct tailgate hinge covers.
Originally not UV resistant makes this brittle and often prone to crumbling.

BBT tailgate hinge covers  come in a high-grade UV resistant ABS.
Now with new competitive pricing and even nicer quantity discounts.

Check us out!

7490 Tailgate hinge covers (pair) white – Bus 08/63-07/67

 

BBT News Team wishes you a supersonic weekend.

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Western Europe is soaked.
We can’t remember when it was more wet than today.

Farmers land, wood lands, water everywhere…
However, mild temperatures awake nature early.

The early natural life of the year.
Our Volkswagens seem to wake up as well.

Looking for a new season, new adventures.
Finishing that restoration, hunkering for road trips.

We feel the vibe, do you?
Let us help you with more and better parts  to keep that vibe alive.

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Never mentioned in the books but found and questioned by several people on their bus.
It is this mystery ring we bring you today.

Made after an original model.
We assume this ring was ment to eliminate the play or vibrations between lock and body,

Original mounted from the factory, only for a brief time.
Even it has a VW part no. molded in but never mentioned in any year parts book.

But it is here, it is cool, it’s functional and looks good.
This ring goes between our lock BBT # 0429-450 and its seal BBT # 0723-095

If you want perfection, BBT is your partner.

0429-451 Ring tailgate lock – Bus 08/63-07/66

 

Beetle front hood lock on the front apron has a dustcover.
This dustcover or protection covered your lock from 52 up to 67 model year beetles.

Many times missing, we bring you the perfect solution with this super nice reproduction.

Up to1967 Beetle front hood lock and handles, HERE
1968 onwards Beetle front hood lock and handles, HERE

0424-210 Hood latch cover – Beetle 08/52-07/67

 

Nobody brings you more correct body parts than BBT.
We decided it was time to bring back the “diamond cut” bumpers.

That is right, split window buses had a change in bumpers for the last three years of production.
After the pressed bumpers Volkswagen came out with larger stronger bumper on the bus in 1959.

Named slash cut after the slash character on your keyboard.
For the 1966 model year Volkswagen changed the end of that bumper to a small point named it diamond cut.

Nobody ever reproduced the diamond cut bumper before, but BBT does now.
Deep draw stamped on one piece cast tooling in our Silver Weld Through factory.

Finished in a decent coat of L82 Silver White correct for most buses.
More diamond cut Splitty bus bumpers from BBT productions in silver white color coming soon.

Slash cut splitty bumper (bare) HERE
US style splitty export bumpers HERE

0012-602 Bumper front – Bus 08/65-07/67 (Euro) Ivory

 

 

After the OE stamping plant lowered their quality on these bus floorplates, we had a tough job to turn that around.
We had to convince them to bring them back in 0.9mm thickness, as they used to stamp them for VW originally.

A bunch of email, video, and PM’s later we finally got a go for the production.
Now they feel back to normal, stiff, and strong.

We do appreciate the feedback from our customers/distributors in the quest to bring this quality back to OE levels.
Without that feedback nothing would have changed.

Now for all of us back to enjoy in 0.9mm thickness, exactly like original.
Thank you, guys!

0891-760 Floor plate left – Bus 08/70-07/79
0891-770 Floor plate right, slidingdoor – Bus 08/70-07/79

 

We finally managed to get our BBT brake drum program up to speed!
Tired of  those Chinese brake drums?

BBT brings the perfect alternative out of our brake drum foundries in Brazil.
Some models already  are back in stock, more models will be coming soon!

1270-001 Disc brake – Beetle/KG 08/66-, Type3 08/65-07/71 BBT

 

1287-01 Brake drum front – Bus 08/63-07/67 BBT

 

BBT News team wishes you a dry weekend.

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Massive…
The only way to describe arrivals coming in last couple of weeks.

Inventory build up for the spring.
New arrivals too.

This week was busy as ever.
Some cool new products already here below.

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This week we kick off with a nice reproduction from the 181/Trekker/Thing fender.
Many times rusted out; bent or destroyed we’re very happy with these brand new reproductions.

Nicely pressed to OE specs in steel.
We start with left front; right front will be available in May.

The rear ones expected to land somewhere in the fall.
Left front already available from our stocks.

0889-801 Wing front left – Type181

 

This frame is to cover the cut out on the padded dashboard of your late model beetle.
Standardized dimensions for modern car radios are 50mm/2 inches height to 180mm/7 inches width (single DIN) .

Made from durable ABS plastic to last forever.
Will fit only padded dash cut outs on late model standard beetle & 70-72 1302 Super beetles.HERE

Radio hole block off plates HERE
Repair panel for cut out/messed up radio hole HERE
Radio frame for 72-79 1303 Super beetle HERE
Universal radio mounting console HERE

0525-310 Radioframe padded dashboard – Beetle 08/67- (not 1303)

 

The BIG NUT is back!
Big nut transmissions are called the type of rear axles on the Volkswagen splitty bus with the larger diameter axles coming out of the reduction boxes.

Original used on German buses from 1963-1967 and Brazilian buses1967-1992.
These buses use the big square 46mm socket castle nut to tighten the rear brake drum.

Long time unavailable we bring back that original shape of the “BIG NUT”.
Forged the old-fashioned way like it should make for a perfect quality.

Originally splitty bus castle nuts did not have the molded in washers for later models..
This is the nut we drive on our BBT buses.

Entire family castle nuts for Bug & Bus HERE
Correct six groove castle nuts for bay window buses are in the works.

1448-100 Castle nut rear axle (forged) – Bus 08/63-07/67

 

Small parts are so necessary for a complete good functioning classic Volkswagen.

We spend a lot of time for correct product design.
We now bring you  our new production of the dowel pin for the emergency brake handle.

This pin lets swivel your E-brake handle in its bracket.
We made the grooves 2mm wide for a perfect fit on Splitty and Bay window buses.

Will fit all VW bus emergency brake handles from end of 1953 all the way till July of 1979.
Because of quantities produced we  offer with very cool quantity discounts, check us out!

BBT emergency brake handle kits HERE
Bay window emergency brake handle kit exploded view HERE

0523-007 Dowel pin for emergency brake handle – Bus 12/53-07/79

 

With all the deliveries last weeks also some longer time backorders  come back available.

Did you know BBT fuel pump tebuild kits come with tempered metal parts?
1685-10 Rebuild set fuel pump 25/30hp – BBT

 

1456-001 Rubber rear sway bar support – Beetle/KG 08/66-

Exploded view for rear sway bar HERE

 

1302-500 Shock absorber front – Bus 04/79-07/92 (no Synchro)

 

0289-06 Accelerator pedal rod boot – Bus 50-07/79

 

7569-505 License light assembly – Bus 08/71-07/79 – VW Brazilian model

 

The BBT News team wishes you a splendid weekend.

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What is left of our New Years promises?
We are already a month in the New Year, times flies!

Time for a small look back and evaluation, right?
Our promise to bring you back our steel BBT GT Sprint Star Wheels and Westy tents both are in full progress and on schedule.

Our better infill promise was backed up with better numbers in Januarys end of month balance.
Other projects coming to cruising-speed as well.

The cool down of the world economy give us a better position against suppliers and factories for negotiations about quality, lead times and prices.

We keep on working on Bigger, Better, sTronger.
What was on our New Years card, is exactly what we are doing.

Making every day VW life an enjoyable life.
We keep our promises and happily renew them for you every week again.

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This week we give attention on the type 4 engines.
With many buses coming back from the US in the  last 10 years demand for these parts raised seriously.

Late model Type 4 engines came with M10 mm valve adjusting screws.
We are happy to present you the correct nuts for these applications.

T25/T3/Vanagon use both M9 HERE and M10 nuts.
Easy is to check if you have M9 or M10 adjusting screws and order needed nuts accordingly.

1784-220 Nut valve adjusting screw M10 – Type4, WBX

Gaskets are stupid and worthless, until you need one and do not have it.
We add the lower gaskets for the oil filler pipe on your Type 4 engine.

This gasket is specific as the hole is not in the enter.
Some more Type 4 oil filler related parts HERE

1848-408 Gasket under Oil filler tube – Type4

We release our VW oval beetle T shirt.
In 2024 our SWT team will work hard on the Beetle oval panel development.

We thought this deserves specific apparel.
Besides our white Beetle Tee’s our Black Barndoor T-Shirts are available HERE

9920-100 T-shirt Oval white (Small)
9920-110 T-shirt Oval white (Medium)
9920-120 T-shirt Oval white (Large)
9920-130 T-shirt Oval white (X-Large)
9920-140 T-shirt Oval white  (XX-Large)
9920-150 T-shirt Oval white (XXX-Large)

 

Lowering prices was one of our promises for the New Year.
Finding better quality parts is our ongoing quest forever.

Lowering prices dramatically together with a better quality give us full satisfaction.
We have been able to score better deluxe trim for your split window bus rockers.

Resulting in an extensive lowering in price, with a nice quantity discount on top.
Sold per pair and comes standard with red beading included,

Change the beading to any color you want available HERE

0404-34 Rocker trims (with red insert) – Bus -07/67 (pair)

The BBT News Team wishesyou a very cool weekend.
Relax to the max, and keep that promise.