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Old 09-26-2004, 12:48 AM
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Hood release woes

I got my new 74 coupe deville here. First problem is getting the hood open. It is like fort knox. The hood release mechanism under the dash had the handle off of it. I have managed to get the panel off of it. So I have access to the release cable. But even using vice grips and pulling with my pretty decent weight and strength is not moving the sorry thing. I even had a bar of 1/4 inch thick steel not move the final release at the front end enough to open the door. Right now I am letting the mechanism up front soak up PB blaster. But so far nothing is budging on either end. I need to get this thing open so I can get to work on getting the car running and fixing the tranny.

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Old 09-26-2004, 07:59 AM
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Keep soaking it, if all else fails...there is always the plasma cutter!!

Does the cable move when you use the vice grips?
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it moves a little and I think I can hear something wanting to move up front.

My next idea is to jack up the front end and try to attack it from below. But there is some stuff in the way. It has a big old sheet of rubber or plastic in between the radiator and the bumper. So I'll have to get that loose.
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Have somebody else pull on the cable while you look at the catch, maybe you'll be able to see something.
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Got er popped

I managed to get it popped open by jamming a screw driver up at the latch. What type of grease should I use to keep it nice and loose?
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Old 09-30-2004, 12:31 AM
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When I worked on a fleet, we used plain old motor oil out of a pump oilcan on the hood hinge pivot points and on the latch. We didn't care much about looks so we were pretty liberal with it but a little on a regular basis should do the trick.
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