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A warning for Avanti owners about their hood latch

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  • A warning for Avanti owners about their hood latch

    As much as that shelf at the firewall looks like a GREAT place to
    store tools while doing a repair on your Avanti, AVOID the temptation
    to do this!! Tonight, I spent about an hour trying to get my hood
    open because something (still dont know what) was in the way of the
    drivers side hood latch releasing!! I got the pass side to release
    and grabbed the rod only to have it pull out while I was pulling on
    it!! I was able to lasso the latch with a coat hanger, and pull with
    all my might - finally whatever was in the way ... moved. I oiled
    everything, and the latches work better then they ever have. I just
    thought it was worth sharing .. I had visions of missing the Show on
    Saturday because I couldnt open my hood!!

    Tom
    '63 Avanti R1, '03 Mustang Cobra 13" front disc/98 GT rear brakes, 03 Cobra 17" wheels, GM alt, 97 Z28 leather seats, TKO 5-spd, Ported heads w/SST full flow valves.
    Check out my disc brake adapters to install 1994-2004 Mustang disc brakes on your Studebaker!!
    http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...bracket-update
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  • #2
    There are rubber plugs underneath each latch. In an emergency, remove the plugs and operate the latch with a screwdriver...
    64 GT Hawk (K7)
    1970 Avanti (R3)

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    • #3
      I was looking at that .. but it didnt feel like rubber. It was hard
      like fiberglass. I was thinking, why put a hole right under the latch
      and then fill it with fiberglass? So what you are saying is that the
      hard piece I was feeling is/was actually rubber?[:0]

      Tom
      '63 Avanti R1, '03 Mustang Cobra 13" front disc/98 GT rear brakes, 03 Cobra 17" wheels, GM alt, 97 Z28 leather seats, TKO 5-spd, Ported heads w/SST full flow valves.
      Check out my disc brake adapters to install 1994-2004 Mustang disc brakes on your Studebaker!!
      http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...bracket-update
      I have also written many TECH how to articles, do a search for my Forum name to find them

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      • #4
        Tom,
        Knock em' out and replace them with new soft ones just in case you needed to get in again.
        Dan

        Road Racers turn left AND right.

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