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Submitted: Wednesday, Apr 25, 2007 at 14:33
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Hi all,
Does anyone know od a simple hat rack that holds the Akubra upside down from the car roof? keeping it handy and damage free
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Reply By: Member No 1- Wednesday, Apr 25, 2007 at 14:41

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2007 at 14:41
an akubra AINT a HAT if its in new condition...It Must Have Character (which means it must have had a swim, be sat on at least twice and jumped/stood on several times) to be a REAL HAT!
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Follow Up By: samsgoneagain - Wednesday, Apr 25, 2007 at 21:35

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2007 at 21:35
hey get the dog to hold in the back, or if worst comes to worstist get the missus to hold it
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Reply By: joc45 - Wednesday, Apr 25, 2007 at 14:43

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2007 at 14:43
Why do you want to look like John Howard?
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Reply By: Hairy - Wednesday, Apr 25, 2007 at 14:45

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2007 at 14:45
Yeh mate,
Ive seen them, a wire spring loaded hook usually fitted to the rear veiw mirror some how?
Try a sadlery type of shop or Elders or Dalgehtys
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Follow Up By: Member - John G (WA) - Wednesday, Apr 25, 2007 at 14:49

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2007 at 14:49
Thanks for the helpful input mate, much appreciated!
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Reply By: Trevor M (SA) - Wednesday, Apr 25, 2007 at 14:59

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2007 at 14:59
Hi,

I have a piece of elastic tied both ends to the top of the cabin side of my cargo barrier that I stretch the loop out and hook it around the edge of the interior light (sort of slips underneath the edge of the light). It takes a bit of trial and error to get it the right length but what you end up with is 2 parallel elastics which you sit the hat in upside down. Cost NIL if SWMBO has some spare elastic in the sewing drawer!

Eventually the elastic gives up and stretches but easily replaced. Often mine carries more that 1 hat with one inside the other. Droops a bit with the weight but still effective.

Hopefully you can picture what I am talking about

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Trev
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Wednesday, Apr 25, 2007 at 15:53

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2007 at 15:53
if she doesnt have any in the sewing drawer you could take it out of her underwear waistband, Thats a WIN-WIN situation.
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Reply By: Member - Cruiser (NSW) - Wednesday, Apr 25, 2007 at 14:59

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2007 at 14:59
Here ya go, its called a Hat Saver

www.kentsaddlery.com.au/ghatsaver.html
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Follow Up By: Member -Dodger - Wednesday, Apr 25, 2007 at 15:12

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2007 at 15:12
Yep got one in my GU attached to the interior light over the back seat. A bit fiddley to put in but has worked well these last couple of years.
Well worth the Dollars.
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Follow Up By: Patrol22 - Thursday, Apr 26, 2007 at 14:16

Thursday, Apr 26, 2007 at 14:16
I've got his and hers in my truck - modified the mounting bit a little and fixed them to the cargo barrier facing forward...work a treat.
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Reply By: Member - Brenton H (SA) - Wednesday, Apr 25, 2007 at 15:23

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2007 at 15:23
On a journey there is sometimes no choice but to leave the Akubra in the car...BUT...on a super hot day be careful as it is one of the worst things you can do to an Akubra. An akubra has an internal leather band and excessive heat shrinks the leather and it will literally shrink the hat diam 2-3 sizes.
Beleive me, I know...I used to sell them!
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Follow Up By: Member - Pedro the One (QLD) - Thursday, Apr 26, 2007 at 00:37

Thursday, Apr 26, 2007 at 00:37
Then you're the man I'm after ......

Seeing as you used to sell them ....... and advise on care and treatment presumably :

I have an Akubra which fitted me great but hasn't been worn for a few years and now appears about two sizes too small .... ??

Is there a process which can stretch the hat either back to it's original size, or close to it ???
One I have heard of is to use Fullers Earth in some manner, but who knows what Fullers Earth is ... or where to get it ??
I tried some Far North Queensland Earth but that just made my forehead dirty and the missus wouldn't let me back in the house !!!!!!!!!

I assume the Far Northern heat has had this shrinking effect on my Akubra [and some of my other things, too, I think .........] but can it be rectified ?

SWMBO gave me this hat years ago .......... iffen I can get it fixed and wearable, who knows what she may give me next ??

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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Thursday, Apr 26, 2007 at 07:47

Thursday, Apr 26, 2007 at 07:47
i used to take mine to mad hatters in adelaide ( gone now I think) and they'd clean it, stretch it and mold it back into shape........looked almost new after treatment, but well worn cos it had a hole in the top from constant taking off and putting on...and not to mention the stains they couldnt get out.

I made one ( stretcher) out of timber once ...now i keep the hat out of the heat......
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Follow Up By: Member - Brenton H (SA) - Thursday, Apr 26, 2007 at 09:13

Thursday, Apr 26, 2007 at 09:13
Pedro, I can't help you with the shrinking mystery items (can't even help myself) but hat wise you need to take it to a specialist hat shop and they will steam the hat and stretch it on a hat stretching Gizmo that all specialist hat shops should have.
A mate of mine used to drown his in a bucket of water stretch it with his foot and jam it on his head until it dried...not recommended procedure however.
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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Thursday, Apr 26, 2007 at 09:49

Thursday, Apr 26, 2007 at 09:49
but Brenton...it makes for a real hat with character
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Reply By: Member - vivien C (VIC) - Wednesday, Apr 25, 2007 at 16:08

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2007 at 16:08
John,

We used to stretch two parallel lengths of elastic across from either side hand grip over the back seat doors. You then up-ended the hat and rested it crown down inside the elastics with the brim holding it.

No good if you have passengers though!!!

Viv
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Reply By: Member - Patrick (QLD) - Wednesday, Apr 25, 2007 at 16:30

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2007 at 16:30
Why not a bulldog clip and a bit of wire to attach to one of the ceiling grab rails?
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Reply By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Wednesday, Apr 25, 2007 at 16:42

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2007 at 16:42
G'day John,

Member message sent........
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Reply By: Wisebyname - Wednesday, Apr 25, 2007 at 19:49

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2007 at 19:49
Hi John
IF ya got a wagon. 2 ockey straps and 2 bits of wood wedged/grooved in between to give width for hat to sit without squashing. The straps on their own don't get in the way for passengers but a hat hanging is a little bother, a string or something the same as the wood might keep hat located where it's less of a bother for passengers.
OR
the professional built jobbie for most other utes.

Andy
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Reply By: Dave from P7OFFROAD Accredited Driver Training - Wednesday, Apr 25, 2007 at 20:57

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2007 at 20:57
yep, called "Hatsaver" they retail for $42...

I can check availablity tomorrow ;-)
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Follow Up By: Patrol22 - Thursday, Apr 26, 2007 at 14:20

Thursday, Apr 26, 2007 at 14:20
Yeah I paid about that for mine but this one is half the price.
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Reply By: Blaze - Thursday, Apr 26, 2007 at 19:35

Thursday, Apr 26, 2007 at 19:35
I run 2 Ocy-Straps from the handles above both rear doors, I then put his and her hats in between these upside down.
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