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7/26/09 9:36pm - Original Message: 'Hood Latch- Passenger Side Won't Release'
Johns81
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The passenger side hood latch won't release. Tugging on cable under drivers side feels slack. Is there a way to reach the latch and release it. I cannot open my hood?

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7/26/09 10:18pm - Reply: 'Hood Latch- Passenger Side Won't Release'
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1979, Targa Blue (72 Color), Pace Car rear spoiler, L88 hood, Dark blue factory interior, 525HP 406, HD 700R4, 370 gears,Steeroids, composite rear spring, TT IIs wrapped in T/A Radials.

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John, here's a good thread that should be very helpful.
 
 
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7/27/09 7:17am - Reply: 'Hood Latch- Passenger Side Won't Release'
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  The crossover cable is probably broke or loose on one end.  The passengers side is more aggrivating to release than the drivers side when working through the firewall but there are plastic plugs that can be removed that will allow you to do it.  If you dont have any luck after reading the post listed above, let me know and Ill post some detailed pics of the latch and a tool that will unlatch it....but not without throwing a few things and lots of blue language.

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7/27/09 8:36pm - Reply: 'Hood Latch- Passenger Side Won't Release'
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Valley Springs, CA - USA

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1978 metalic rootbeer/gold,275hp, 350ci/th350

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ConfusedConfusedDid ya git it open yetConfusedConfused myrootbeerfloat2009-07-27 19:27:36

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7/27/09 10:01pm - Reply: 'Hood Latch- Passenger Side Won't Release'
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NOT OPEN YET - I WILL MAKE MY ATTEMPTS OVER THE WEEKEND. MY HANDS ARE LARGE SO GETTING IN UNDER THE HOOD AT FIREWALL WILL BE INTERESTING.

MAY NEED SOME TIME ON THIS JOB. DON'T WANT TO DRIVE BECAUSE OF TRANNY SLIPPING, IT NEEDS FLUID.

 



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7/27/09 10:05pm - Reply: 'Hood Latch- Passenger Side Won't Release'
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Crossfire1982.  Any pictures you can provide would be greatly appreciated. I am not sure of the latch mechanism that needs to be yanked.



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7/27/09 10:17pm - Reply: 'Hood Latch- Passenger Side Won't Release'
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NOT OPEN YET - I WILL MAKE MY ATTEMPTS OVER THE WEEKEND. MY HANDS ARE LARGE SO GETTING IN UNDER THE HOOD AT FIREWALL WILL BE INTERESTING.

MAY NEED SOME TIME ON THIS JOB. DON'T WANT TO DRIVE BECAUSE OF TRANNY SLIPPING, IT NEEDS FLUID.

 

[/QUOTE] GeekOnce you get the hood open if your low on tranny fluid add LUCAS Trans additive it works wonders, already saved two of our auto tranny'sStarStar

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7/28/09 7:16am - Reply: 'Hood Latch- Passenger Side Won't Release'
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John, Ill post the hood latch pics tonight from home. I took them specifically for this purpose.



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7/28/09 6:34pm - Reply: 'Hood Latch- Passenger Side Won't Release'
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My car has a cover over the wiper trough so mine is a little more difficult to get to the holes in the bulkhead as yu can see.  The holes are plugged with rubber plugs that can be pushed out.  I took mine out and left them out.  The passengers side latch is located almost directly in front of the hole in the passengers side wiper trough. The part you will be probing for is shown HERE with a screwdriver.  You will need to push DOWN on this part with your tool.  The tool will need to be bent a little in order to get through the trough and engage the release as you see HERE.  This shot shows the tool engaging the release  . Since I have to go through the wiper door cover I made a SPECIAL TOOL  that you see here with a 12 inch scale.  I hope these help you
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7/28/09 8:57pm - Reply: 'Hood Latch- Passenger Side Won't Release'
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1978,Metalic Money Green W/Gold emblems,TH350 w/gear splitter,black & grey interior.1978,two tone,Metalic Rootbeer & gold ,Doeskin interior,auto. trans. 1981, Silver w/mirrored T-Tops,4 spd, charcoal interior.

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[QUOTE=myrootbeerfloat][QUOTE=Johns81] MAY NEED SOME TIME ON THIS JOB. DON'T WANT TO DRIVE BECAUSE OF TRANNY SLIPPING, IT NEEDS FLUID.[/QUOTE] GeekOnce you get the hood open if your low on tranny fluid add LUCAS Trans additive it works wonders, already saved two of our auto tranny'sStarStar [/QUOTE]
 
Well, at least they're driveable for the time being Wink.


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7/29/09 5:35pm - Reply: 'Hood Latch- Passenger Side Won't Release'
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Thanks a lot. These photos are great. I knew of the rubber grommets but had idea of the latch mechanism. I will be working on this the rest of the week. Home Depot tonight for some tool making material. SmileStar

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7/30/09 8:20am - Reply: 'Hood Latch- Passenger Side Won't Release'
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Glad they were helpful.  Unless you have the wiper trough cover you may be able to do with a long "custom bent" screwdriver.  A towel over your windshield may save a scratch or two.



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8/2/09 10:48am - Reply: 'Hood Latch- Passenger Side Won't Release'
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John, did you get the hood open?

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8/2/09 1:20pm - Reply: 'Hood Latch- Passenger Side Won't Release'
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THANK YOU! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!
 
 
Played golf yesterday. Saw your message this morning and after rain stopped around 12:30 I decided to work on the hood. I got flat stock earlier in the week an made tool similar to yours.
Propped drivers side of hood open as far as I could. The hardest part was getting the grommet out of the hole. It was inserted from inside and was blocking the lever when I pushed it in. Once I got that moved, the lever was no more than a 1/4 to 1/2 inch inside and visible from where I had to press down. I bent the tool a little (45% on flat side) allowing me to reach from above rather than from side. Pressed a socket extension down on the tool and it unlatched with ease.
 
I need a new cable now. The end connection was broken. It also looks like this may have been an after market because it was long with a bit of slack as some other threads noted.
Thanks again, your pic did the trick.
 
 
 
 
 


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8/2/09 7:22pm - Reply: 'Hood Latch- Passenger Side Won't Release'
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Glad it worked.  The afermarket cables have very few positive reviews but I doubt originals are to be found anywhere.  www.riksvet.com has a cross cable that is USA made that may be better than the "offshore" stuff, his part number is HOD166 but I cant post a link to the part.

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8/2/09 8:36pm - Reply: 'Hood Latch- Passenger Side Won't Release'
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Thanks for the tip on Riksvet. I went to website and ordered the cable. The cable is HOD132, the part you gave got me to the full assembley picture but it is only the tabs to secure the cable.
 
By the way I uploaded my vette picture. Did it show on the repley? I haven't been active on the site until this week when I reupped my membership and posted my thread. I don't see the picture when I get a reply back.
 
But, you got me back on the road again.


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8/3/09 6:46am - Reply: 'Hood Latch- Passenger Side Won't Release'
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9/14/14 3:05pm - Reply: 'Re: Hood Latch- Passenger Side Won't Release'
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