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Technical Hood latch problem

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HOTRODPRIMER, Nov 18, 2018.

  1. I like the short welding rod with the loop on the end for backup and keep the original lubed, just go end to end on the outside with an oil can, it'll soak thru to the pull cable.
  2. 1-SHOT
    Joined: Sep 23, 2014
    Posts: 2,136


    The cable I used for a remote was off a 2014 F-150.
  3. donno
    Joined: Feb 28, 2015
    Posts: 421


    Flat piece of 18 ga, 8-10 in long, width of a hacksaw blade. Grind a "V" notch in one end, wrap some tape on other end. Use pix provide to locate where to insert tool to locate lever / cable stop. Push firmly, should open. Laterpainted mine, etched in Mercury logo and plasti dipped the handle end.
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  4. Terrible80
    Joined: Oct 1, 2010
    Posts: 781


    Could you come up in front of radiator with a L shaped rod. ?

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  5. jazz1
    Joined: Apr 30, 2011
    Posts: 1,496


    Saturday is when you learn the hood needs to be open to remove grill?
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  6. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 4,738

    from Berry, AL

    I wonder what the factory procedure was to open one with a broken cable. Or did they even have those factory service manuals back then, or were they all generic like a Motors manual?
  7. japchris
    Joined: Apr 21, 2001
    Posts: 326

    from England

    I have a '50 Merc with similar latch. I did away with the cable and welded a handle that can be reached through the grille opening. Also added a 'house front door' safety chain in case it pops open.
  8. Well guys, I am pleased to announce that two 68 year old war horses, the coupe & myself, did battle most of the morning and I tried many of the options I was offered but in the long run I finally persuaded the '50 to open up.

    In the long run it took a hooked spring, a pair of needle nose pliers and prying with a coil-spring adjuster, a plethora of choice four letter words and a little blood but the hood is opened, it has been greased and before I close it I will make a emergency loop like has been suggested. HRP

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  9. Question. If you were 16 all over again and the the car were a woman and the hood were a bra, would you have waited so long to get it open? ;)
  10. davidvillajr
    Joined: Apr 4, 2005
    Posts: 970


    I'm gonna bet this is why my cable is "skinned" - probably got stuck at some point and a previous owner decided to make life easier for "next time" and cut away the spring. Or, destroyed it in the attempt. :D

  11. When I was 16 the girls I knew didn't wear them. HRP
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  12. Hmm? That can go so many way's.
  13. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 6,964

    from Michigan

    Got the hood open! Yay!
    Life is good...
    Now, about that rusty bumper...
  14. Back in the 60's girls were burning their bras, not wearing them! HRP
  15. Liberating non the less. :)
  16. studebaker46
    Joined: Nov 14, 2007
    Posts: 675


    glad you won Danny. Have you noticed the knuckles skin a lot easier in our advanced stage of adolecense Tom
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  17. john lapp
    Joined: Nov 23, 2018
    Posts: 3

    john lapp

    I took a long screw driver and with the release pulled tapped the release arm and got it to open that way but this was on a 59 Chevy 3100. GL
  18. Kiwi 4d
    Joined: Sep 16, 2006
    Posts: 2,972

    Kiwi 4d

    If you notice there is a gap between the cable stop and the latch release. Well today the gap must have got some what bigger . We were at a rod run Xmas get together and a guy wanted to see the hopped up Y block , the hood did open but only after a few tries. Whew did not need to find the emergency release . Now its all squared away back to where it should be and lubed up. Probably if we had a single wire release with the wire looped at the end there would be less tendency to slide. But believe me its done up tight now.

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