Today was an odd day...I sold a bunch of stuff via Facebook groups, did absolutely no work on the car and made some phone calls about parts. I called up Wolfsburg West today to inquire about the early vent felt trims - they told me that they're about a month away from being available. The manufacturer is in Germany and they've been out of stock on them for a long time. Given that the long/wide trim I bought from WW is damn near perfect, I'm expecting that the vent trims will be of similar quality.
On a suggestion of a fellow early Type 3 owner, I ordered up the vent trims from ISP West...they have no pictures of the actual product so I'm highly skeptical that they'll be anything other than the Brazilian trims but I'm open to being surprised. If they work, then I'll install them and get the WW parts for the restoration. If they don't work - I'll just wait until the WW pieces are available and work on other stuff on the car...like finding that groaning noise in the rear end. At the rate I've been going, it'll take me a couple of weeks to get that sorted and then the vent pieces won't be that far off. I also have those bus scrapers to swap onto the window trims.
Most of the parts that I bought for the headlight conversion to H4 and headlight buckets/trim have been sold off so I've recovered almost all of the money I put into that adventure. Always nice when I can recover money that was spent chasing something that didn't work out. I still have to aim the headlights - and potentially - buy new lenses for the headlights. I suspect that part of my aiming problem is due to the optics of the glass lenses and that the fluting on the glass isn't compatible with the LED bulbs. I may try to find some clear glass lenses to fit to them if they're not crazy expensive.