Newsletter April 2013
Spring is here! Flowers, bees and on 1 May each bird has its nest and eggs…. Volkswagen buses and beetles are going on picnic, old timers and convertibles are ‘everywhere’. Spring is such a lovely season!
And right away in this season we’re celebrating our 25th anniversary! Everything started 25 years ago in a small garden house built for my motorbike hobby… and yet 25 years later we’re in the spring of our life! Flowers, bees, BBT is feeling young… and is ready to go hard at it! Better stocks, more product lines, just name it, inside BBT we’re working hard, spring makes that the BBT foal is frolicking in the field. A foal on its way to maturity, each year a bit more…
Will it become soon spring for our economy too ?
“Rolling Thunder” that’s how you can call it, the recession, almost completely provoked by reckless bankers, who saw their useless efforts, remunerated with extremely high and exorbitant bonuses (after their frequent and abundant ‘downloads’) melting away into a system such as an economic air bubble. It is called now the greatest economic depression since World War 2… Strange, that just these bankers, which are people we SHOULD trust, have done such a thing.
After all and that’s even worse, those who are guilty, have not been prosecuted, neither punished, and must still be respected… White-collar crime…. “the big wheels keep on running” sang Ike and Tina Turner. In fact it’s not different, the callous recession keeps on running, leaving everything flattened behind… Just when I’m writing this preface we’ve got another hot problem with Cyprus…
Chin up! Our hobby remains pleasant. There have never been more lovers of beetles and with the buses and Karmann Ghia’s we’re growing a lot…and that’s a good thing!
The meeting season is coming along. The Winterfestijn, Ninove and Volksworld Show are already done and we’re counting down to Hessisch Oldendorf with the BBT Open House and the week after there will be the next edition of European Bug In.
Come and celebrate with us 25 years BBT! You should come, because it will be a fantastic event with special attractions and animation.. a hearty welcome to you all…Take a look at our program on convoy.bbt4vw.com
See you then
BBT Convoy event
2013, A blessed year by the VW Gods as this year we can just sample another of VW’s finest, the Hessisch Oldendorf vintage VW meet in the picturesque vintage town center of Hessisch Oldendorf situated Lower Saxony, Germany. It is situated on the river Weser, approximately 10 km northwest of Hamelin. Strictly Vintage Volkswagens, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity occurring only once every 4 years… so better don’t miss out!
As every 4 years, also this year BBT continues the tradition and organize a huge convoy on Friday morning June 21st from BBT HQ to Hessisch Oldendorf. To start everything out and to present our international guests a warm welcoming, we begin our activities at Thursday afternoon June 20th with a huge open house party. This year will be even bigger than previous edition because at the same time we celebrate… 25 Years BBT
That’s right, on February 6th 1987 Arlette and Bob opened their first little shop in the garden house (call it a shed) of Bob’s parents, a lot has changed ever since…
So EVERYBODY is highly invited to celebrate with us!
Come on Thursday afternoon, June 20th to BBT HQ Open House with live music and several acts. Show up in your Volkswagen with rear mounted engine (beetle, bus , whatever) and receive free food and drink coupons. Enjoy and share with us… festivities start at 4.00 pm and we plan to end (as we have to drive the next day) at 9.30 pm.
Do you have a VW with rear mounted engine? Join us on the most massive Vintage VW cruise of the world! We expect more than 250 vintage VW jewels to participate this year. Register HERE and pick up your Drivers Badge at the information desk for free recovery (BBT assistance is halfway and in the rear end of the Convoy)… we provide a roadbook for registered participants which will be handed over together with the badge at the registration stand. Enjoy world’s best vintage VW event at Hessisch Oldendorf from Friday afternoon June 21 till Sunday June 23.
For the people interested to return with us in a much smaller convoy (of course also with assistance), we’ll leave together on Sunday at about 2.30pm from the first gas station on the Autobahn A2 in direction of Dortmund. The exact name of the gas station will figure in the roadbook.
So come in great force and celebrate with us these massive festivities!
Click HERE to visit the BBT Convoy website and find out what cars will be present.
Inside BBT… Is there another Bob with BBT? Yes it looks like my name is no longer unique here.. for the sake of convenience and to prevent mistakes we shall call our second Bob: Robert.
Robert will assist Pascal in our sales team. Polyglot, car minded with roots in the more serious competition sport, it will be quite a challenge for Robert to work for BBT. Working with car parts throughout the world seems his thing to do… He’s there to help you, don’t hesitate to ask him your next question, he’s ready to find a solution for many of your problems… Robert@bbt4vw.com
After 4 years of leading our dispatch dept. Frank has decided that it is about time to mount back behind a steering wheel of a BBT delivery van… the job will be passed on to nobody less than Kukie, moving up to ”upper deck offices” from the BBT warehouse floors…
We really want to thank Frank for his outstanding apply, enthusiasm, loyalty, willingness, motivation and responsibility to do his very best to manage “his” dispatch dept. in the best way. We will surely miss him in the office. On the other hand he looks forward meeting our customers again and making deliveries as smooth as possible with his best knowledge and experience. For sure Frank will face his new challenge with his best motivation for what we know him so well for.
Kukie works more than 5 years in the BBT warehouse and was called senior warehouse manager with a lot of pride…. He managed once during electrical breakdown to pick still certain parts without computers or PDA device, just out of his head and in the dark! Not an easy task in a 6500+ references parts warehouse! So Kukie will take over dispatch in the coming weeks. He will have to learn a lot, what we will try to do with as less as possible inconvenience for our customers. Dispatch is a very important dept. regarding our service and handles all picking, packing and transport at BBT’s sales side. We wish Kukie a good take off and lots of joy in his new challenge what will for sure change his way of life….
Feedback and reactions are always more than welcome on the well-known BBT e-mail addresses.
No longer available
- # 0208 Running board stainless steel, smooth (pair)
- # 0236 Empi bus steps T2 -67 / EMPI
- # 0491-3 Gas cap 62-67 outside
- # 1609-050-18 Main bearing 0.50/0.50 case (release bearing -4mm)
- # 1614-050-21 Main bearings .50/2.5 case
- # 1715-075 Piston and cylinderkit 1200 CC - 83 mm / 90mm case (4pcs) - AA performance
- # 1715-110 Piston and cylinderkit 88,00 mm - (4pcs) - AA performance
- # 2518 Centercap '+ wheel' black
- # 2752 Steering wheel 12' 3spoke polished, black leather
- # 2755 Steering wheel 15' 3spoke polished, black leather
- # 2770 Steering wheel 13' 3spoke polished, wood
- # 4620 Dipstick BILLET
- # 7437-100 Side window fastener left T2 55-67 (Brazil) use # 7437
- # 7438-100 Side window fastener right T2 55-67 (Brazil) use # 7438
- # 9431 Book: VW Transporter
Price modifications are indicated on the pricelist itself!
Available to Special Order Only (SOO)
Following items are still available @ BBT but due to low demand they are now available as special order what might be subject to longer delivery terms.
# 0499-361 Sign F 1961
# 0499-370 Sign F 1970
# 0499-371 Sign F 1971
# 0499-374 Sign F 1974
# 1022 Bobcat exhaust 'Off Road' 1" 1/2 chrome
# 1602-18 Cro.Mo.5.600 Type 1 Rod
# 1629-77 Camshaft T4 507 lift/310°
# 2101-050 Balance tube between intake manifolds Okrasa (set)
# 2618-01 Autometer sport 3-3/8' 190kph
# 2649-01 Autometer shift lite lenskit blue
# 8931 Window set 1303 green
# 9105-10 Hood T1 58-62 black canvas
# 9105-83 Hood KG 69-74 beige canvas
# 9200-10 Headlining Type1 59-63 cloth
# 9200-83 Headlining Karmann Ghia 69-74 white plain vinyl
Related products#0385-070 Lower front header bow for sunroof
#0385-445 Trailer bow soft part rebuilding kit
#0386-540 Aluminium sunroofrails, set
#0385-195 Header bow guide plate soft parts rebuild kit
#0386-335 Header bow guide plate soft parts rebuild kit
#0386-415 Lower front header bow for sunroof
#0386-435 Clip for tensioning strip rear, set
You can replace the gas cap seals, hardened or damaged by fuel vapors, so that no fuel and/or fuel vapors can escape from the fuel tank anymore. Available each from BBT production.
Related products#0548-210 Stow away rack, black
#0548-220 Stow away rack, chrome
The original taillight housing is often severely damaged by corrosion on many buses from type 2 08/61-07/71. Furthermore for many imported US models the American version of taillights consisting of 1 lamp holder must be adapted to fulfill to European regulations. The lamp holder has 2 bulb holders, that have 2 connections for the lamp, whereas the blinker has 1 connection. The mirror is duly chromed for an optimal reflection and the coupled gain of light. From now on we can deliver a good reproduction according to the European model with 2 lamp holders, each from stock.
Originally there is a rubber seal around the lock cylinder of the sliding door on Type 2 buses 08/73-07/79. This seal takes care of a nice finish between the outside of the lock cylinder and the outer panel of the sliding door. It prevents moisture, dirt and dust to enter through a small crack into the inner part of the sliding door and that it can effectuate its destructing work. From now on each Type 2b owner can obtain this seal each from stock.
On Type 1 Beetle from 08/67 you can find at the underside of the lateral heater channels inspection holes at the front as well as at the rear, that allow to inspect the inside of the channels. These holes were sealed in the factory by means of rubber valves. After many years these valves can get hardened and/or lost. From now on BBT presents you these valves in an original quality from stock. For 1 vehicle you need 4 of them.
This metallic inner panel is assembled in the front of the cabin to reinforce the front cabin floor. The panel can get damaged after a frontal accident or by corrosion between the floor and the inner panel caused by moisture seeping on the floor plate. The inner panel can be replaced now in a good reproduction with a nice fit. Available each from stock.
We've been looking for more than 2 years after an efficient way for the exact reproduction of the tail pipe used at the end of the exhaust on Type 2 07/59-07/67. Finally we've achieved to fabricate the correct model, with the exact bend and fit. From now on you can replace your damaged item by a model with the correct bend. On this way only exhaust gas can be expelled in a correct way and the rear bumper won?t be spoiled by exhaust gas. The exhaust tip is coated with a grey heat resistant paint that guarantees a long lasting and nice finish of the end tip. From now on available each from stock. The mounting kit tail pipe is available under ref. BBT # 1001-20.
Since 08/71 an important adaptation has been effectuated to raise the capacity of reducing speed on Type 2 buses considerably. Since 08/71 front brake disks have been installed resulting in a considerable improve and less maintenance. An indispensable part in this construction is the dust cover that partially protects the inside of the brake disk, the front wheel bearings and the brake caliper. Stone-dust can deform the dust cover, whereas sand and humidity cause corrosion. From now on BBT presents new dust covers from VW Brazil for each side from stock.
Related products#1271-190 Dust cover behind brake disc, right
BBT already has a large range of backing plates from own production available and with these front backing plates for Type 2 08/63-07/67 our assortment is again a bit bigger. From now on these backing plates are available in a good quality a piece for each side from stock.
Related products#1292-825 Backing plate, front, right
The connection between shifter and gear box contains of a couple of guides and seals, which should always be in impeccable condition. If these guides are not replaced in time when old or ripped, the shift rod can get damaged. The shift rod that we have now in stock for Type 2 08/75-07/79 can replace items, damaged by play or corrosion. Available each from stock.
The lower bearing in the reduction gear of Type 2 08/63-07/67 is secured by means of clips. These clips can get stuck and/or can get damaged when replacing the bearing, therefore you need to use new clips to secure the bearing. From now on BBT can deliver these clips each from stock.
This transmount can be found at the nose in front of the gear box and makes that the gear box and engine are duly kept assembled on the body. The rubber can get damaged due to dehydration and the influences of leaking oil so that a good connection without vibrations between the driving part and the body is no longer secured. Sold each from stock.
We used to deliver fuel pumps for Type 4 engines for years as second hand parts from stock. Meanwhile the previous years it became more difficult to find good used fuel pumps for revision and that?s why we?ve been looking for a good alternative to replace damaged or completely used fuel pumps. Our purchasing team has laid hands on a good reproduction of Type 4 engine pumps. These pumps are delivered each seals inclusive.
Ø 88,00 mm - 69 mm
This rubber beading facilitates a good assembly on the sides of the headliner on Type 2 03/61-07/67 possible. Available from stock as a set, sufficient to finish 1 bus.
We're proud to announce our new product line for Type 25 buses. The coolant hoses are hard to obtain as repair parts and even second hand coolant hoses are presented on several online markets at considerable prices. The BBT purchase team has made some serious research in order to have all types of coolant hoses available at a perfect price/quality rate. From now on BBT can present a good alternative for your hardened and/or broken items. The rubber hoses are sold each from stock and also the original constant tension clamps can be delivered each from stock.
Related products#4250-002 Coolant hose to thermostat
#4250-003 Coolant hose to expansion tank
#4250-004 Coolant hose to expansion tank
#4250-005 Coolant hose between thermostat and coolant distributor
#4250-006 Coolant hose cooler upper
#4250-007 Coolant hose cooler, lower
#4250-008 Coolant hose expansion tank to waterpump
#4250-009 Coolant hose between waterdistributor and cylinderhead right
#4250-010 Coolant hose waterdistributor to cooler
#4250-011 Coolant hose expansion tank to waterpump
#4250-012 Coolant hose from waterpump to thermostat
#4250-013 Coolant hose between waterdistributor and cylinderhead right
#4250-201 Coolant hose between thermostat and plastic watertube
#4250-202 Coolant hose end piece to oilcooler
#4250-203 Coolant hose end piece between waterpump and oilcooler
#4250-204 Coolant hose first piece between waterpump and oilcooler
#4250-205 Coolant hose waterpump to cylinderhead left Type 25 2100cc with airco
#4250-206 Coolant hose first piece thermostat-oilcooler
#4250-300 Coolant hose from water pump to engine case
#4250-301 Coolant hose 3 way engine - expansiontank - waterpump
#4250-302 Coolant hose 4-way
#4250-303 Coolant hose to electric pump
#4251-014 Constant tension clamp, 14 mm
#4251-018 Constant tension clamp, 18 mm
#4251-019 Constant tension clamp, 19 mm
#4251-023 Constant tension clamp, 23 mm
#4251-027 Constant tension clamp, 27 mm
#4251-032 Constant tension clamp, 32 mm
#4251-040 Constant tension clamp, 40 mm
#4251-042 Constant tension clamp, 42 mm
#4251-047 Constant tension clamp, 47 mm