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    Hood Release Problem

    Question?In the 20 years I've owned my 76 eldo,when you unlatch the hood via the release handle,its always a crap shoot if it releases enough to open the hood.You can re latch the hood & try again or alternately if you jam the handle open you can then go to the front & unlatch the hood.If you just hold the handle out slightly after it unlatches its enough so you can open the hood.This tells me that shortening/adusting the release cable would solve this except there appears to be no adjustment on the release cable.Is this more a matter of this cable just being too long/stretched (old) which would be solved with a new cable?Thanks for the help.


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    Re: Hood Release Problem

    At each corner of the radiator support is a rubber hood bumper. They are threaded to be able to shorten or lengthen them. Assuming the rubber is good on this bumper, unscrew each bumper an 1/8 of an inch. That way they are pressing up on the hood when its shut, which helps when the hood release cable is pulled. I also assume you've lubed the latch with white grease or something similar? If this car has a coil spring next to the release on the hood, sometimes pulling on it to make it longer helps. Also lube the hood hinges well. They are famous for binding and eventually breaking, damaging the hood!

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    Re: Hood Release Problem

    Thanks I"ll give it a shot.On my 75 Eldo which I previously owned.i actually bought the hood spring new but it didn't make any difference.I"ll give the bumper stops a shot (they are 35 yrs old).

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    Re: Hood Release Problem

    30 years & 2 Eldos later I solved the problem easily + permanently.Where the hood spring hits the car when its closed,I pop-riveted a washer as a shim causing the spring to have more pressure on it.Looks like its always been there.


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