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C3 '74 - the hood release cable not working, how do I open my hood??! (1/11)
 2/23/21 1:29pm
NewFoundC3LoverMan
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- how do I open my hood??!!

and fix it....

advise, Thanks 

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Re: C3 '74 - the hood release cable not working, how do I open my hoo (2/11)
 2/23/21 2:02pm
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Is the cable broken, or just won't release the hood?

 



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Re: C3 '74 - the hood release cable not working, how do I open my hoo (3/11)
 2/23/21 2:17pm
NewFoundC3LoverMan
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Bill,

the cable pulls but won't release my hood! 

not sure if completely broken, loose or just little broken,

I figure I need my hood opened up to see...

correct?  or...

Re: C3 '74 - the hood release cable not working, how do I open my hoo (4/11)
 2/23/21 8:05pm
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Unless you have the windshield wiper cover, you should be able to reach the latch through a hole just under the rear of the hood on the driver's side.  The latch lever can be hooked through this access, but it will be hard to see.  The access is a hole about 1 inch in diameter, and is covered by a grommet, which will need to be removed (push it through if you can't pull it out).  You will need to feel around with something like a coat hanger with a hook bent on one side to find the latch lever, which is about 3 inches in from the grommet hole -- it won't be easy. . .

On my '75 I tied a piece of cable to this lever and left the end out by the windshield so I can just pull this to unlatch the hood.

When I first got my Vette, the hood was misadjusted so bad the it would not release.  I finally drove it on our rough gravel road pulling on the hood release and finally, with the twisting of the body, the hood released.

Hope this helps.  Someone else on this forum will probably be able to give you better instructions on reaching the latch lever.



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Re: C3 '74 - the hood release cable not working, how do I open my hoo (5/11)
 2/23/21 10:34pm
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Did you internet search it and watch some of the youtube videos?

I thought you pushed a screw driver or similar through the hole to push on the lever that releases the latch.

Do you have an AIM to refer to?  It would show you the parts and how they are assembled.

Sorry, that's all I got.



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Re: C3 '74 - the hood release cable not working, how do I open my hoo (6/11)
 2/24/21 12:14pm
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I have found if you pull the hood release in normal fashion, as you would to open the hood, then fully push the hood release back into place, it can release the hood.  The same seems to work if the hood will not close.  

Re: C3 '74 - the hood release cable not working, how do I open my hoo (7/11)
 2/24/21 3:16pm
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What luck I have -- I have had no problems (lately) with my hood, but today the left side will not release.  Even using the cable I attached will not release it.  It must have shifted enough so the latch sticks.  I'll try later when I have a bit of patience again.



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Re: C3 '74 - the hood release cable not working, how do I open my hoo (8/11)
 2/24/21 9:30pm
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BillHanna said:

What luck I have -- I have had no problems (lately) with my hood, but today the left side will not release.  Even using the cable I attached will not release it.  It must have shifted enough so the latch sticks.  I'll try later when I have a bit of patience again.

I got the hood open with a bit of shaking and push/pulling on it.  It looks like the hood shifted a bit to the side so the latch would not clear the hole.


 



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Re: C3 '74 - the hood release cable not working, how do I open my hoo (9/11)
 3/9/21 7:20pm
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Thanks for the hood tips, Fellow C3Lovers, I fixed it. 

Spring almost here in Toronto, for 'Shake, Rattle & Roarrr'



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Re: C3 '74 - the hood release cable not working, how do I open my hoo (10/11)
 3/15/21 7:05pm
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One sweet looking car! Nice work.



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Re: C3 '74 - the hood release cable not working, how do I open my hoo (11/11)
 3/16/21 10:14am
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NewFoundC3LoverMan said:

Thanks for the hood tips, Fellow C3Lovers, I fixed it. 


Can you share with us what the solution was?



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