Well 3 weeks have now gone by with no issues on the truck. I haven't done much to it other than drive it but this morning when I left for work I picked up the mudflaps to see what I can do to them.
In case you don't remember or didn't notice in the early pages of this thread, when I got my truck it had some vintage Keep on Truckin' mudflaps in the front. Which were put on the truck very early in it's life and I thought were just cool.
Of course when I painted it I had to remove them but always intended to see if I could somehow straighten out the curl and reinstall them.
Today I decided to see what I could do about cleaning them up and uncurling them so I took them to work. Time has not been their friend, they had become pretty grungy looking and I had to cut the colts that still held them to what was left of the fender brace they had originally been bolted to. but after getting the old rusty metal off of them they looked like this.
So then I took some hot water, dish soap and a Scotch Brite pad and set to work cleaning them up.
I'm actually quite impressed by how well they cleaned up and the hot water softened the rubber up enough that after cleaning I set a weighted pan on top to flatten them out. They now look like this
Which is much flatter and I think pretty awesome looking with just enough patina. The blue and white rubber are actually the same color throughout so I could actually restore these to look brand new simply by removing a little bit of material but I kind of like them showing their age.
My plan now is to cut some strips of stainless steel, bend and clamp them onto the lower edge to keep them from curling in the future and reinstalling them on in the back and maybe getting some plain or possibly some other iconic 70's mud flaps for the front.