Newsletter October 2013
What an incredible summer! It started with our Open House and more than 2500 visitors, followed by the beautiful convoy to Hessisch Oldendorf and a magnificent weekend. And the week after a lot of international guests, customers, fans and Volkswagen lovers who paid us a visit. Then the European Bug In, the weather could have been better, although it was a big Volkswagen party... It didn’t stop, every week there was one or another Volkswagen happening, the rhythm of our life never went that fast… And then there was Le Bug Show at Spa Francorchamps, a smaller edition than previous year, although very pleasant as always. Here and there a couple of international happenings and the summer was a complete success.
Customers, friends, suppliers and fans whom we’ve met throughout the season 2013, thank you so much. It becomes each year better, where will it end?
Or should I talk about the weather ? Western Europe can definitely say that we had a long hot summer since more 3 years. The weather was splendid, all convertibles were riding with open roof, ragtops open! Marvelous!
With this nice weather we were busy as never before, 2013 will be a record-breaker year! The best summer ever! A dream for each oldtimer fan.
As a matter of fact even the press is writing in a positive way about economy, forecasts are being updated upwards, stock-indexes are increasing. However one should remain cautious, even though a lot of work has been done. The real reasons of the crisis haven’t been conquered. There are still quite some European countries that cannot control their budget. One pin is enough to knock over the whole game. We have to stay alert.
After all we mustn’t complain in “our” Volkswagen world, a niche market isn’t that subject to the economic climate. Marketing books prove it!
Meanwhile some incredible opportunities regarding parts have shown up. More news in next Newsletter. As a set habit you’ll be the first to know through the BBT blog new products update each Friday, which is crucial to remain informed of our products.
Let’s face autumn together, enjoying the beautiful colors of nature. A nice autumn drive? That’s not to be sneezed at.
Enjoy life, experience the VW passion!
On 17 September 2013 Bob’s mom “Mama Maria” has passed away at the age of 77. A very special women, who definitely may be called ‘mother’ of BBT. She was our biggest fan from the very beginning and was always a wholehearted support to our company. In 2010 she still drove in a split bus to a Volkswagen meeting in Italy.
In 2012 she was the moving spirit behind the clearing out of the shop of friend of the house Lyle Cherry in Dallas, Texas.
We believe that the Volkswagen Gods will give Mama Maria a warm welcome. We’ll remember her smile, she was definitely a person to whom it was difficult not to become friends with… Rest in peace dearest mom….
# 0940 Choke cable, mechanical shoke, Type 1 53-
changed to # 0940 Choke cable, mechanical choke, all 30 hp, Type 1 08/52-
# 6206 Sticker, shift patern
changed to # 6206 Sticker, shift patern, white print
# 0962-250 Front hood outer cable, Type 14 08/67-74
changed to # 0962-250 Front hood and enginelid outer cable KG 67-74
# 7050 Chrome moulding set, 8 pieces
changed to # 7050 Scraper molding set, chrome, Type 1 convertible, 8 pieces, Type 1 -07/64
# 1248-1 Brake caliper, front left, T2 08/72-07/79, T25 05/79-06/86
changed to # 1248-1 Brake caliper, front left, Type 2 08/72-07/79
# 1249-1 Brake caliper, front right, T2 08/72-07/79, T25 05/79-06/86
changed to # 1249-1 Brake caliper, front right, Type 2 08/72-07/79
# 1001-20 Exhaust pipe, assembly kit, T2 08/62-
changed to # 1001-20 Exhaust pipe, assembly kit, Type 2 08/58-07/67
No longer available
- # 0252 Roller pedal blue
- # 0347-050 Pop out window set Type 1 08/64 - (new)
- # 0403-3 Chrome moldingkit (7pcs) 1302 TQ use # 0403-4 Chrome moulding kit, 7 pieces, 1303
- # 0466 'Baby Bravo' mirror right orange
- # 0468 California mirror left
- # 0616-60 Turnsignal lens left Type 2 08/67-07/72 orange use # 0616-62 Turn signal lens, left, Type 2 08/67-07/72
- # 0616-61 Turnsignal lens right Type 2 08/67-07/72 orange use # 0616-63 Turn signal lens, right, Type 2 08/67-07/72
- # 0624 Taillight assembly with grey base Type 1 74- (Euro)
- # 0625 Taillight assembly 74- Smoke
- # 0881 Boot floor rear complete
- # 0925-01 Rear brake cable -4/62 standard
- # 1107-1 Plug screw thread kit for #1107
- # 1342 Upper ball joint for lowered front axle use # 1331 Ball joint, upper side, each, Type 1/14 08/65-
- # 1343 Lower ball joint for lowered front axle use # 1332 Ball joint, lower side, each, Type 1/14 08/65-
- # 1595-5 Hi-Torque starter 12 Volt
- # 1595-9 Hi-Torque starter 12 Volt Type 2 76-79
- # 1614-025-20 Main bearings .25/2.5 case
- # 1805-08 Oil pump std 61-67 (Alu)
- # 1919-7 Sandseal crank hub
- # 2090-045 Ignitioncable set Compu-fire (yellow)
- # 2135-100 Gasket under carburettor 34 Pict-5
- # 2502-02 Hubcap -65 Original w/o logo (Chrome) use # 2502 5-lugs hub cap without emblem
- # 2727-1 Hub sportline 74->
- # 4510 Billet door handles ->67
- # 8916 Window set Type 1 58-64 green
- # 8922 WINDOW SET 65-71 GREY
- # 8926 WINDOW SET 72-> GREEN
- # 8927 WINDOW SET 72-> GREY
- # 8931 WINDOW SET 1303 GREEN
- # 9801 F4 sticker ''FLAT-FOUR''
Price modifications are indicated on the pricelist itself!
Available to Special Order Only
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.
# 0386-950 Samba/Deluxe roof kit Type 2 -67
# 0499-363 Sign F 1963
# 0499-999 Sign '?'
# 0556-11 Sunvisors T1 65-67 pair white/mirror
# 0557-02 Sunvisors T1 65-72 conv.pr.white/mirror
# 0561-50 Sunvisors Type3 61-74 pair white
# 1021 Bobcat exhaust 'Off Road' 1" 5/8
# 1280-2 Brake drum front 1300 Golf
# 1602-22 Cro.Mo.5.600 Chevy Rod
# 1808 Dry-sump oil pump
# 2617-1 Autometer 5' silver 10000rpm + switch lamp
# 2673 Dash cover Type 3
# 2906-104 Headliner Type 1 63 non-perforated/white
# 2908-300 Headliner T3 N.B. 63-67 perforated / white
# 5581-FAT FAT Performance motor 2007cc (complete)
# 7810 Quarter window seal callookT3 FB.65-74
# 9025-073 Boot cover Karmann Ghia 58-69 beige canvas
# 9105-32 hood T1 68-72 blue canvas
# 9496-10 Airmighty 10
- # 9017-20 Header bow, convertible
141 871 503
- # 9017-21 Header bow, convertible
141 871 503A
Prices are indicated on the pricelist itself!
Due to changed availability we won't be able anymore to suply separate tire rings. From now on the tire rings will be available as set of 4 pieces.
# 2539-10 White wall rings 10 inch, set 4
# 2539-12 White wall rings 12 inch, set 4
# 2539-13 White wall rings 13 inch, set 4
# 2539-14 White wall rings 14 inch, set 4
# 2539-15 White wall rings 15 inch, set 4
# 2539-16 White wall rings 16 inch, set 4
# 2539-213 White wall rings (small) 13 inch, set 4
# 2539-214 White wall rings (small) 14 inch, set 4
# 2539-215 White wall rings (small) 15 inch, set 4
# 2539-216 White wall rings (small) 16 inch, set 4
# 2539-914 White wall rngs (wide) 14 inch, set 4
# 2539-915 White wall rings (wide) 15 inch, set 4
# 2539-313 Red wall rings (small) 13 inch, set 4
# 2539-314 Red wall rings (small) 14 inch, set 4
# 2539-315 Red wall rings (small) 15 inch, set 4
# 2539-316 Red wall rings (small) 16 inch, set 4
# 2539-413 Blue wall rings (small) 13 inch, set 4
# 2539-414 Blue wall rings (small) 14 inch, set 4
# 2539-415 Blue wall rings (small) 15 inch, set 4
# 2539-513 Green wall rings (small) 13 inch, set 4
# 2539-514 Green wall rings (small) 14 inch, set 4
# 2539-515 Green wall rings (small) 15 inch, set 4
# 2539-613 Yellow wall rings (small) 13 inch, set 4
# 2539-614 Yellow wall rings (small) 14 inch, set 4
# 2539-615 Yellow wall rings (small) 15 inch, set 4
# 2539-713 Orange wall rings (small) 13 inch, set 4
# 2539-714 Orange wall rings (small) 14 inch, set 4
# 2539-715 Orange wall rings (small) 15 inch, set 4
# 2539-813 White/red wall rings (small) 13 inch, set 4
# 2539-814 White/red wall rings (small) 14 inch, set 4
# 2539-815 White/red wall rings (small) 15 inch, set 4
Price modifications are indicated on the pricelist itself!
Related products#0012-650 Bumper, front, primered, USA model
#0013-600 Bumper, rear, primered, European model
#0013-650 Bumper, rear, primered, USA model
Pop-out windows are a very nice accessory which you can find on Type 1 Beetle and they are fixed on the B-pillar by means of a metallic hinge clip. The rear part stays on its place through a hinge lock that is secured by means of a pen through the window. To protect this window against damages there is a gasket placed between this pen and the window. This gasket hasnt the eternal life nor do the other seals of the pop-pout window and from now on we can present you this gasket as well as the other gummi seals from stock. Gaskets are delivered a pair.
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#0437-550 Classic front licence plate holder brackets, Vintage Speed
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#0525-650 Dashgrill Dehne fuel gauge holder, LHD, Vintage Speed
#0525-651 Dashgrill Dehne fuel gauge holder, RHD, Vintage Speed
#0525-655 Ashtray panel for Dehne digital fuel gauge, LHD, Vintage Speed
#0525-656 Ashtray panel for Dehne digital fuel gauge, RHD, Vintage Speed
#2674-450 Bracket for Dehne digital fuel gauge on dashboard, Vintage Speed
The assembly of the master cylinder on the body on type 1 beetle can be done by means of 2 long bolts that come through the bushings, through an hollow part of the body. These mounting bolts and bushings can get seriously damaged by corrosion caused by humidity and the corrosive characteristics of brake fluid, that attend on the master cylinder pump and body through leaking seals. When removing these bolts they can break off or the bushing through which these bolts pass, fall into the hollow part of the body. From now on BBT can deliver these mountings kits in own production from stock consisting of 2 bolts, 2 bushings and 2 spring washers.
Related products#1200-710 Mountingkit mastercylinder
Since quite some time the BBT product development department has been planning to produce these oil deflectors, however to find a good manufacturer for the tooling and production was a very complex task. Anyway time has brought a solution and were quite satisfied with the result. The oil deflector plates can be found on the rear brake drums and they have the significant task to prevent that oil from the gear box escaping through the swing axle, will get on the brake lining. Frequently the original plates are damaged by corrosion or got damaged when removing them from the brake drum. From now on we can deliver from stock a good reproduction according to the original NOS model for Type 1, Type 2, Type 3 and also for Porsche 356. Sold each.
Related products#1410-905 Oil Deflector in brakedrum
#1410-910 Oil Deflector in brakedrum
#1410-925 Oil Deflector in brakedrum
Related products#2306-505 Engine lid extension, Vintage Speed
#2306-510 Engine lid extension, Vintage Speed
Related products#2603-101 Tacho stand for Monster 3 3/8 inch on dashboard, RHD, Vintage Speed
#2603-105 Tacho stand for Monster 5 inch on dashboard, LHD, Vintage Speed
#2603-106 Tacho stand for Monster 5 inch on dashboard, RHD, Vintage Speed
Related products#2603-151 Tacho stand in dash speaker grill, for Monster 5 inch, RHD, Vintage Speed
Related products#6100-201 Business card holder Type 1, black, Vintage Speed
#6100-210 Business card holder Type 2, black, Vintage Speed
Campers are often foreseen with some practical louvred windows, that consist of different louvres placed one above another in a frame. After many years the seals can get damaged by UV rays and heavy duty and they need to be replaced in order to prevent leakage and damages by one to another striking louvres. From now on BBT can present these seals in a set for 1 window from stock for Type 2 -07/67 under # 7414-100 and for Type 2 08/67-07/79 under # 7514-100.
Related products#7514-100 Sealkit for louvred window
The engine compartment of Type 1 and Type 2 buses is sealed by means of a rubber seal that is located around the engine compartment opening. This seal is highly subject to abrasion due to variable weather conditions and heating and cooling of the engine compartment. Since quite some time we had an all-round solution available for both types to replace the seal, though the profile was not entirely correct. In the mean time we kept looking for an adequate alternative and were happy to present now the correct profiled seal. For Type 2 03/55-07/67 its available under item number # 7450-100 and the engine lid seal for Type 2 08/67-07/70 is available under part number # 7533-000.