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    Hi Gang.

    I have won a set of Clutch pedal replacement pads off of E-bay. They are in perfect condition, except the rubber has hardened over the years and could now be called "Plastic".

    Is there any product out there the revives rubber to it's original pliable consistency?[?]

    Thanks and be safe out there![8D]

    Donald Terrien
    1928 Commander

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    If they are really pristine, instead of trying to use them, why not make a mold of them and cast new ones? I think George Rohrbach has some experience with this, although I am not 100% sure that it was him that had cast some rubber parts. In any case, it can be done...

    good luck,

    nate

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    • #3
      Donald - short answer, NO. There's nothing that's gonna "revive" dried out rubber.

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      • #4
        Shrock Brothers in Coalport cast new rubber pads for my Rockne. Yes, they are the ones who make the tiny diecast models. They also reproduce running boards. They may already have the pedal pads you desire in stock.

        http://www.shrockbrothers.com/
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        • #5
          quote:Originally posted by Stude1928Commander

          Hi Gang.

          I have won a set of Clutch pedal replacement pads off of E-bay. They are in perfect condition, except the rubber has hardened over the years and could now be called "Plastic".

          Is there any product out there the revives rubber to it's original pliable consistency?[?]

          Thanks and be safe out there![8D]

          Donald Terrien
          1928 Commander
          Several years ago I purchased some rubber intake boots for a motorcycle that I was working on. The boots were used and very hard. I commented to the parts guy how hard they were and they'd be hard to clamp and seal. He took all 4 of them and tossed them in a 5gal pail f carb cleaner. He left them there for appx 2-4 minutes, rinsed them with water and they were restored back to a pliable state.
          You might try this, but caution if left tool long its likely to swell the rubber. Also if the rubber is vulcanized to a metal backing plate it might cause the rubber to unglue from the metal.
          Russ

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          • #6
            Spray just the pad with brake clean let stand for 10 minutes rinse with water repeat til you like result

            brent wood nh

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