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I decided to break out my old tin lid from retirement, and it needed a rebuild. I searched online for a new head band and found them in Washington for $45 plus shipping. Well, I can beat that as I have everything to rebuild it. I took the old band out and used it as a pattern to recreate a new one. I was able to salvage the old shoe string in the center but will replace it just to have new material in there. 

 

This was my dad's hard hat when he worked for the power company. I realized my dad's hard hat is still hanging in my barn and it is plastic (electricity and aluminum hats were a no-no.) I believe this is a hat from the 70's and used by my little brother when he drove logging truck in the 80's as well. He rolled one over and figured out logging was not for him. 31 years ago I shelved it and only used it when running my Caterpillar dozer in the timber. I dug it out today as it is being brought back to life as I will be stepping back into a logging truck part time as a secondary job with the local college. 

 

I cut the pieces, sewed them together, and assembled it just like the original with copper rivets and all. It came out pretty good and it has that elastic stretch that is needed to hold it on your head when you bend over. 

 

The old liner was in pretty bad shape..dry and crusty....

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New liner with old on counter..

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Top side...ready for action...again!

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On 5/17/2022 at 5:51 PM, Rampy said:

Very cool & no stickers :D:

There were not many hats with stickers on them in the woods. Some had been pounded into cowboy hats and one was painted red white and blue that I remember. My original one got "borrowed" and never returned. I had scratched in a logging scene on the front that you had to get up real close to see. I used a plastic one for a bit then started using this one until I stopped logging. I stored it at my dads and when he died in 2010 I brought it home with me. I was cleaning off some of the gunk and found my brothers initials on the inside and his name on the underside of the brim scratched in with a pocket knife...the tool of the trade for identification back then. 

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On 5/17/2022 at 7:03 PM, towtruck said:

There were not many hats with stickers on them in the woods. Some had been pounded into cowboy hats and one was painted red white and blue that I remember. My original one got "borrowed" and never returned. I had scratched in a logging scene on the front that you had to get up real close to see. I used a plastic one for a bit then started using this one until I stopped logging. I stored it at my dads and when he died in 2010 I brought it home with me. I was cleaning off some of the gunk and found my brothers initials on the inside and his name on the underside of the brim scratched in with a pocket knife...the tool of the trade for identification back then. 


guys who wear a lid like that are the ones you want to shut up and listen to…….

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On 5/17/2022 at 7:03 PM, towtruck said:

There were not many hats with stickers on them in the woods. Some had been pounded into cowboy hats and one was painted red white and blue that I remember. My original one got "borrowed" and never returned. I had scratched in a logging scene on the front that you had to get up real close to see. I used a plastic one for a bit then started using this one until I stopped logging. I stored it at my dads and when he died in 2010 I brought it home with me. I was cleaning off some of the gunk and found my brothers initials on the inside and his name on the underside of the brim scratched in with a pocket knife...the tool of the trade for identification back then. 

 

Feeling antsy had to rebuild something ,Eh :segrin:  . I've got a Unit One San Onofre , power plant  Bechtel brain can ,if you're in need of additional practice  :whistling:

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