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My 1965 plymouth valiant hood is in the closed position and I can not open it. The small toggle size release lever under the hood emblem dosn't seem to do anything. It was working perfectly this AM

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On my 68 Barracuda when I move the unlock latch I have to push down on or smack the hood in the front center for it to open, let me know if this helps

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