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    I am purchasing a 1950 Champion. The individual is to take pictures of the engine but can' get the hood open. I am not familiar with them so am looking for suggestions and if possible pictures. He said he has pulled on everything on the dash which looked like it might be a release with no success.
    Thanks

  • #2
    There should be a chrome T handle under the left side of the dash with an H stamped in it. And a "J" hook at the very front of the hood as the secondary.

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    • #3
      But, if that cable is frozen, he will need to remove one of the grills and pry the latch from underneath with a large screwdriver.
      "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

      Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
      Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
      sigpic'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée"

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      • #4
        And...warn him...whatever it takes...try to get some lube up to those hood hinges! When he starts to lift the hood...pull a bit forward as he is lifting. One of the most difficult body repairs is a "KINKED" (bent) hood corner!
        John Clary
        Greer, SC

        SDC member since 1975

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        • #5
          I'm not sure about the 50, but some cars had a black plastic knob on the dash that looks like the rest of the knobs. It should have an H in the center but some folks think it is the heater control
          Neil Thornton

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          • #6
            Try the instructions for a '51 shown here.........
            https://www.studebakerparts.com/stud...h-control.html

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            • #7
              Originally posted by rockinhawk View Post
              I'm not sure about the 50, but some cars had a black plastic knob on the dash that looks like the rest of the knobs. It should have an H in the center but some folks think it is the heater control
              The hood release should look similar to the hood latch and overdrive T handles on this 52. If the cable is stuck or broken, you will have to release it from below. Don't cut any holes like some people have done.
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              "In the heart of Arkansas."
              Searcy, Arkansas
              1952 Commander 2 door. Really fine 259.
              1952 2R pickup

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              • #8
                I had a 50 Commander with a rusted cable and was able to come up from below with a long screwdriver and pop the latch. It was pretty easy and quick if you find the right hole in the latch plate to pry the catch to the side.

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