January 2015


Winter time = restoration time ? Let’s hope so! As I wrote in our previous newsletter we’re busy with our BBT winter project! If it will be finished this very winter, we’re not sure, but the work just sails along!

There is a lot of news to gather on economic matters (besides the ridiculous strikes in Belgium).  The price of the oil has dropped to half the price since August… I wonder why  we don’t notice it at the gasoline pump ? There the price has only decreased with barely 10%... I believe that governments must stimulate the economy, this won’t happen when people have to spend all their money  on  energy bills…

The dollar keeps balancing around the same currency rate for the last month, but if I look at the interest rates and considering the fact that the USA becomes every day less dependent in matters of energy supply, I strongly believe that the Euro will fall still a  bit more… it could increase the price of a couple of our products.  We still work in safe margins and we can absorb a lot.  Let’s hope that we can keep it that way.


A short review of 2014.  What a lot of actions! A lot has changed within BBT. A short summary : some familiar faces left taking up  new challenges and some new colleagues joined us.  A service for small parcels has been introduced for meanwhile deliveries and in the meantime  it’s running at full speed.  The Belgian Tax Collectors Office has decided that they like to have additional taxes from BBT. We profit from  the general trend of increase of value for old timers and therefore  our turnover increased considerably.  

Let’s look forward to 2015. We plan  many new products, better quality, more quantity and even a better service. The expansion of the parcel system and a thoroughly reorganization of our transport system will contribute.  We’re looking forward to it.

We wish you all merry Xmas and a marvelous new year’s eve with popping Champaign corks! We’ll support you wherever we can! 

New BBT production

bbt production

These items already were available from our stock but from now on they will be produced under supervising of BBT. Discover the full story @ BBT's Blog? CLICK HERE to discover the article.

# 0740-1 Taillight seal, between light and fender (hearts), Type 1 10/52-07/55
# 0740-2 Taillight seal, between light and fender (split), Type 1 -09/52
# 0745 Gasket between license plate holder light and engine lid, (popes nose) German quality -09/52
# 0748-1 License light rubber, German quality, Type 1 10/52-07/57
# 0749-1 License light rubber, German quality, Type 1 08/57-07/63
# 0701-1 Rubber for gear shift lever, Type 1 -07/60
# 2420 Seal between body and windscreen wiper axle, each, Type 1 -07/57 - BBT

Price modifications are indicated on the pricelist itself!

No longer available


# 0517-900 Vent window assembly Type 2 68-79 left / VW Brazil
# 0517-910 Vent window assembly Type 2 68-79 right / VW Brazil
# 0616 Front turnsignal 66-74 Type 1 use  BBT # 0616-100
# 0616-01 Front turnsignal 66-74 Type 1 clear use  BBT # 0616-110
# 0616-02 Front turnsignal 66-74 Type 1 smoked
# 1921 Pulley cover, translucent
# 2089 Condensor for BBT # 1998 use BBT # 2086

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.


# 0499-450 SOO Sign D 1950
# 0499-451 SOO Sign D 1951
# 0978-500 SOO Fuel line fuel pump-carburettor Okrasa
# 1629-14 SOO Engle VZ-35 Camshaft
# 2551-2 SOO Empi 5-spoke wheel silver
# 2906-200 SOO Headliner T1 47-55 w.sunroof cotton / beige
# 3120-050 SOO Seat covers black 68-69TQ
# 9020-010 SOO Boot cover Type1 63-64 black vinyl
# 9025-032 SOO Boot cover Type1 70-71 blue canvas
# 9100-81 SOO Hood Karmann Ghia 69-74 beige single vinyl
# 9103-81 SOO Hood Karmann Ghia 69-74 off-white quality vinyl
# 9200-74 SOO Headlining Karmann Ghia 65-68 black perforated vinyl

New team member

New team member


Unfortunately for us, but so happy for him, Filip will leave his function with BBT on January 1st after 18 years of trusty loyal service. He started as a driver, later Filip was for many years the face behind the counter, until he moved through a small gap in Purchasing to the IT Publisher function inside BBT.

Learned too much, without any doubt, Filip will start his own adventure specialized in social network media. Something he learned to play with at his BBT desk.

We’re proud of this  training with us and that we can send him out to the very wide, oh so interesting world.

Welcome Peter, goodbye Filip, the whole BBT team wishes you both a lot of luck in your further careers…. Peter @ BBT, and Filip in his new function at ! cy.

Send to your goodbye and all the nice things you want to tell Filip, as well a very welcome to Peter  

New products

Rubber for window sash L/R, each

0362-910   Karmann Ghia 04/59- (ch 2 395 181-)
141 837 565A

This rubber strip sits between the door window and the window sash. It makes that the window is firmly gripped within the door sash. The rubber strip gets hardened after many years and the window will no longer be properly clamped within the window sash. The rubber is sold each from stock.

Seal for side mirror, each

0474-900   Bus 08/67-07/79, T 181
311 857 543

This seal will be very useful to owners of Type 2 buses when one or both side mirrors on bus doors must be installed again. Upon assembly of the side mirror without seal between mirror and body, the paint is often damaged. The result is inevitably, the body on this spot won’t be protected anymore against influences of the weather and corrosion will be the result. From now on BBT delivers this seal each from stock.

Filler neck hose (18cm)

0492-854   Bus 08/67-07/71
211 201 125

The distance between filler neck and fuel tank with Type 2 from model -07/71 is bridged by means of metallic parts and rubber hose. Due to influences of fuel and petrol vapors this rubber hose parts can get fragile, tear and leak. Leakage has to be avoided any way, as it has already caused fire in the engine compartment for several times in the past. From now on we can deliver this filler neck rubber hose, which connects to the fuel tank, each from stock.

European replacement lens with grooves, Bosch, as pair

0619-210   Bus 04/60-07/67
211 941 115F + 211 941 116F

BBT has laid hands on a large lot of original NOS headlight lenses of the brand Bosch, that were used on Type 2 European specification split buses from 04/60 till 07/67.

Taillight assembly, each

0644-500   Bus 04/58-08/61 (ch 351 736 - 802 986)
211 945 117 + 185A (x2) + 245 + 237B

It’s essential to have properly working lights in the actual traffic. Often we encounter classic cars with inadequate lights. Generally it’s due to damaged lenses or a dull reflecting zone of the taillights. The luminous efficiency will be reduced severely. Until today we only had limited alternatives for Type 2 buses from 04/58-08/61 under the form of second-hand or NOS parts, though we have now a nice solution .with this good reproduction This taillight is delivered completely with housing foreseen of double light connection, seal, lens and chrome ring. The bulb itself is not included. The taillight is delivered each from stock.

Fuse box, 10 fuses

0662-515   Bus 08/67-07/69
211 937 505B

Fuse boxes have always been one of the first electrical parts that we had to recover from donor vehicles. That way we were always able to help the people looking for a fuse box. The damaged or corroded item could be easily replaced. Meanwhile our stock has been exhausted and we had to look for a suitable reproduction. It has been quickly solved for most of the types, though for Type 2a buses it wasn’t an easy job, due to the fact it is a rather special version. We have been looking and found this nice reproduction, available each from stock. The cover is also available under ref. # 0662-56.

Inner sill under loading door, Autocraft

0890-315  -07/67
211 809 591B

Thanks to the increasing demand we have a vast assortment of quality plating from Auto Craft. Each time a new product is brought on the market by Auto Craft, we try to enlist it as soon as possible in our assortment. The plating that we can now add to our offer is a nice piece of craftsmanship and precision. They’ve thought of each little detail. The drainage holes are beaten on the correct place and the dish is properly done. The repair of the sills with Type 2 -07/67 buses can be carried out efficiently without spending time in adjusting the plating to achieve the desired form. Available each from stock.

Outer sill, 350 mm high, left side, Autocraft

0890-405  -07/67

Fresh air flap cover

0890-895   Bus 03/55-07/67
211 817 753

It’s surprising how many Split buses drive by our shop where the fresh air flap cover through the roof is missing. Perhaps one seeks to obtain a better cooling of the drivers cabin in warmer regions by making a large ventilation opening and one removes simply this cover. It’s obvious that these covers get lost after some time. BBT delivers from now on a good reproduction cover each from stock.

Insectscreen behind front grill

0891-987   Bus 08/67-07/72
211 259 165

Right away when the front gills # 0891-985 produced by BBT came available, we got demands after the insect screen that is located just behind the front grill. On many Type 2 buses from 08/67-07/72 this insect screen is often damaged after disassembly because they became fragile due to UV rays. BBT presents now an alternative so that you can replace the old item by a new one. Available each from stock.

Hose clamp pliers


We’re convinced that this piece of tool can prevent a lot of trouble for the owners of Type 25 buses, actuated by water cooled engines. The water hoses for the water cooling are fixed on these buses by means of self-clamping tube clamps. The high spring tension of these clamps assures a good sealing. For a correct assembly these clamps should be tightened in order to enlarge the opening. When releasing these clamps, they will put the cooling coil under pressure again. Mechanics who don’t have this practical plier, will be slumping by using an universal plier or water pump plier. Beside the fact that this alternative method of working doesn’t allow to reach all places, it is also a very dangerous way of work. Because the clamps are not squeezed in a correct way, they can jump away, break or cause injuries. As from now BBT has this practical tool available each from stock.

Brake shoe set, 4 pieces, Front/rear

1234-000   Beetle / Type 14 01/54-10/57
113 609 237A

For many years we’ve been able to help the owners of oval beetles, when they were looking after brake shoes for their oval bugs. A nice solution was to cover them again. Only the metallic parts of the brake shoes had to be in a good state. Though more and more we are confronted with fans who still have the metallic parts, but they are in such a bad condition that they can’t be no longer recovered. It’s easy to guess the result. Our stock of second-hand alternatives was quickly exhausted, so we are very pleased that our purchase team came forward with this good alternative. These brake shoes are sold in a set containing 4 pieces, for 1 axle from stock.

Steering peg in steeringbox

1368-260   Bus 08/66-07/72
211 415 223B

Steering boxes have always been for BBT a point of particular interest. We don’ have to tell you the importance of good functioning steering, although it isn’t an easy job to find a good replacement for a damaged steering box. We’ve succeeded to present one of the parts most subject to wear. The pitman arm is activated through a steering peg that on its turn is driven by a worm wheel. When driving quite some forces are developed between the worm wheel and the peg, whereas a bad greasing accelerates wear. You can replace damaged pegs by this good reproduction. Available each from stock.

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