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Got a 59 Edsel and hood will not open - pulled inside cable but no release. Pushed down, tryed to wedge up, no luck. Any suggestions?

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First, congratulations on owning what was considered one of the worst vehicles ever to come off the assembly line - I personally think you are in possession of an extremely classic vehicle. Please don't pry on the hood. Go up under the front of the car and reach up until you feel the hood latch mechanism, you should be able to trip the hood latch mechanism with your hand or a pair of pliers. Once the hood trips you should be able to open it normally. Good luck on finding a replacement cable.

Posted on Jul 10, 2010

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  • thomas_l_nor Jul 10, 2010

    Thanks. I tried that today with no luck but that's because it is somewhat restrictive to get a hand up there as the primary latch mechanism is a bit recessed given the Edsel grill design. Tomorrow's another day - will give it a shot.

  • Lamar Elmore Jul 10, 2010

    Sorry it didn't work, have you considered cutting the latch cable so maybe you can pull it down enough to pop the hood? I am not sure this will work but like a friend of mine said 'you can't use it like it is'. And, I do admire and appreciate the Edsel automobile. Good luck.

  • thomas_l_nor Jul 10, 2010

    I hear the latch cable retract when I pull it. I beleive for some reason either the mechanism is not retracting enough under the hood or perhaps the pin is slightly bent off angle. I got a rod up in the pin hole and felt I was pushing the latch back. Always better in the daylight.

  • Lamar Elmore Jul 10, 2010

    This is true. Don't be surprised if you walk out in the morning and it unlatches. Or you have a brainstorm and get up at 3 am and go open the hood. It happens.

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