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I was working on the 72 GT that I just got last week, and I had replaced the dash, as the previous owner had a freshly redone one that he included with the car. Anyhow, the job turned into a multi day afffaire, as I worked with wiring, and during the course of the work,

I shut the hood with the hood latch release disconnected!

Does anyone have a hint on how to get the hood open?

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Taav
 

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the acctuation rod is pretty close to top, so you might be able to put a long stiff rod or ruler down there and push it open, or go under the car and up through the drivers side of the motor
 

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Hello,

You can actually lay under the car and snake your arm up there to pull the lever that the hood release cable connects to. Or at least I could! (dont ask).

Nathan Acree
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all the above apply, there is a 1/2" hole in the firewall behind the dash that is there just for that purpose. you can put a coathanger or anything you can bend into a hook, snake it through the hole and snag the lever the cable goes into and pull it back. That should release the hooks and the hood will open. HTH.

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Hood release

Don't worry I had done the same thing. I crawled up under the car and with a coat hanger I was able to hook onto the hood latch and pop it free. It only took me a few trys : ). Good luck
 

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hoodlatchfix.jpg

Here's the penultimate fix (care of Otto Bartsch)
 

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Another good idea is to run a secondary hood release. You can make one out of very heavy fishing line or very light cable(bike brake cable). Drill a small hole in the latch release, attach your line, I use a heavy duty fishing swivel, then just run the line/cable thru firewall then under the dash in a location easy to get to. This way you always have an easy backup. This will work on just about any car.

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$200.00 cash to the person who can open my hood for me, without damaging the car. It's a year later, the car has been driven once since the hood was closed this way. My other GT hasn't been driven since before the hood was closed this way. This is the first barrier stopping me from doing anything with the cars.

Here's a modified picture based on Otto's diagram:
 

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HAHAHAHAHA!!!! just for that diagram I would almost drive cross country to get your hood latch free!
 

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First I love the pic that is definately a keeper. If you got hold of the things you mentioned then you are putting the coat hanger straight into that little hole. The hood release lever is up from that hole by 30 degrees or so and is roughly 9 3/4 to 10 inches past the firewall. I guess it's been a couple of days since you saw it so I'm just tryin to give you an idea of where to go fishing for it.
 

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Geez o peets, I finally got it.

Ultimately I ended up going through the grill and taking the bolts off of the hood hinge, then pulling the hood up and forward, took the hood off. After looking under the hood, I indeed pulled the #4 wire off of the distributor. Thanks for the offers of help though, guys. Lesson learned, I'll never have that happen again.
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Hood Release Cable snapped

Cable snapped,any ideas on how to release the bonnet(hood) catch,is there some magic way to get it open :banghead:

Thanks
 

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Hood Stuck Closed....HELP!!

Ok while I was taking the dash out for recovering I disconnected the hood release latch from inside the car. I set the hood down gently so it wouldn't lock. My dad didn't know i did this and slammed the hood :eek: :banghead: so now we have a shut hood with no way of opening it. Any suggestions?
 

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I studied the pictures of the latch mechanism then jacked up the front and crawled under with a flashlight, coathanger, and needlenosed pliers when the same thing happened to me. After I got it unlatched and opened I used the coathanger to tie the latch open.
 

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That's funny, an infinite loop. He's supposed to answer his own question in some other Universe? I suppose that goes along with his sketch which has the hood release cable attaching to something "extra-dimensional". That's like the Twilight Zone episodes (2, off the top of my head) where little kids went into another universe. I like that diagram a lot and think it deserves a special place in th tech. section. Maybe he can do something that tells me where screws, bolts and nuts go when they leap out of your hands.
 

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OMG ! Same thing happened to me too. The guy that brought my GT home for me saw the hood popped up after we unloaded it. He pushed it shut. I didnt think to much of it at the time, until I tried to open it. The cable was not attached :banghead: I tried for over a hour to fish it with the coat hanger, It would just flatten out an not pop. I too took the hood off (not easy) but effective. I just love my @#$!^% car at times!!
 

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Could you use a long screwdriver to push the bar that the hood latches to forward by pushing on one of the ears or brackets on the bar? I have the whole assembly together and the cable is attached but I have always avoided completely closing the hood for the same reason....just in case.
 
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