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Can't open my hood on '48

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  • Can't open my hood on '48




    So I have this '48 Champion that has been sitting out for about 17 years. I finally got it drug home today. Either the wire has froze-up inside the casing for the hood-release, or the latch plate has rusted to where it won't move. I know it is not broken because it worked fine when parked oh-so-long-ago.

    I am aware of the access hole in the plate that provides access to part of the latch IF THE WIRE IS BROKEN. Mine is not. I have pulled very hard on the knob. I am afraid to apply any more force to 59-year-old plastic. Replacement cables are hard to find and $$.

    Would someone provide a picture of the top side of the latch plate so I know what I am trying to lever through the hole. And which direction. I tried this many years ago and was not successful then. It is really stuck (rusted?). I have turned the knob as much as I dared in case the wire was frozen-up in the casing. No luck. If the wire is stuck inside the casing, will levering the latch be possible?

    HELP! HELP! HELP! I'm stuck--and so's my hood release!

    KURTRUK
    (read it backwards)
    KURTRUK
    (read it backwards)




    Nothing is politically right which is morally wrong. -A. Lincoln

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    let me know if this helps . If it doesn't I can take a picture of mine tomorrow for you.

    Mabel 1949 Champion
    1957 Silverhawk
    1955 Champion 4Dr.Regal
    Gus 1958 Transtar
    Fresno,Ca

    Mabel 1949 Champion
    Hawk 1957 Silverhawk
    Gus 1958 Transtar
    The Prez 1955 President State
    Blu 1957 Golden Hawk
    Daisy 1954 Regal Commander Starlight Coupe
    Fresno,Ca

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    • #3



      Thanks, Anne. But a little closer would help. Is that the original configuration for the cable release?

      KURTRUK
      (read it backwards)
      KURTRUK
      (read it backwards)




      Nothing is politically right which is morally wrong. -A. Lincoln

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      • #4



        ANYONE? ANYONE? BUELLER?
        KURTRUK
        (read it backwards)




        Nothing is politically right which is morally wrong. -A. Lincoln

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        • #5
          You can trip the hood latch from underneath the front of the car anyway you can on mine. Thats the way I got mine open when I got it.


          7G-Q1 49 2R12 10G-F5 56B-D4 56B-F2
          As soon as you find a product you like they will stop making it.

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          • #6
            Ok here's better pictures.






            FRom What I saw you have to release it from between the radiator and the grill up from the bottom. Applying pressure from the front to rear to make it release. Hope this helps.

            Mabel 1949 Champion
            1957 Silverhawk
            1955 Champion 4Dr.Regal
            Gus 1958 Transtar
            Fresno,Ca

            Mabel 1949 Champion
            Hawk 1957 Silverhawk
            Gus 1958 Transtar
            The Prez 1955 President State
            Blu 1957 Golden Hawk
            Daisy 1954 Regal Commander Starlight Coupe
            Fresno,Ca

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            • #7
              I finally got mine open on a '52. I lubed everything and then ran an extra "cable" attached to the latch, made from wire, from left to right and through a hole in the fender mounting area to come out in the wheel well and then made a loop to help pull it if ever needed. Just another precaution. It works grrrrrrrreat.......Brad

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              • #8
                I HAD TO OPEN THE HOOD ON MY 49 CHAMPION FROM UNDERNEATH ONE TIME. SEEMS LIKE I REMEBER TAKING A LONG SCREWDRIVER AND BACKING THE PIECE WHICH HAS THE SPRING AROUND OFF TO GET IT OPEN. IT HAS A SLOT IN IT. THIS ALSO DETERMINES HOW TIGHT THE HOOD CLOSES.

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