Halfway through the restoration of a 16" Standard with a plate clutch (I'll put up some progress shots in general discussions some time!).
My existing clutch friction plate is beyond use. The brass/bronze centre has worn badly and become separated from the plate itself. This has left a big hole in the plate so it doesn't sit centrally in the clutch, and will be causing wear on the clutch shaft I imagine. Part number is 5048 on the parts catalogue.
Now, I'm pretty certain I won't be able to find a replacement so I was wondering what others had used as an alternative? Im guessing the original is asbestos or similar? I've considered cork or heavy rubber? Also maybe copper as I have some thick plate and could easily solder in a bronze centre but would this be "grippy" enough? the springs are pretty good.
Haven't got a good picture of the knackered plate until tomorrow but for now here is a couple of shots of where I'm at with the project. I'll put up a built post in general discussions some time.