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Decided to start resurrecting my daughter's Shadow that has been sitting for a few years.

Great idea until I discovered the hood latch is frozen shut. Gave the release a few good yanks but didn't want to break it.

Any good ideas on how to get it released if the cable won't do it?
 

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Get someone to pound on the edge of the hood above the latch while the release is held open. Sometimes that will work.
 

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Thanks for the replies!

Had my son pumping the hood (said he felt like he was doing CPR--- how appropriate!) while I yanked on the lever until it started to bend.... no luck :(

Will keep shooting WD40 and rust penetrator in the general area and will see what the next couple days bring...... in the meantime, any other suggestions gratefully accepted :)

I do not think any of it is acessible from underneath, seems like the radiator and other structure would be in the way...
 

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The latch, if accessible, would be from below, and in front of the radiator.
 

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OK, daily doses of rust buster (as best I could do in general area of latch between hood and fascia/grill), CPR on the hood while yanking on the handle, and we are still stuck.

If I can get to it from underneath, any tips? Cable end assembly looks pretty secure (and not enough room in there to fit a sledge hammer up there lol).

Really don't want to break anything, I have been searching the world wide web and don't see any replacement cables/handles available if I do bust it trying to get it open.

This issue and weather too cold for my old bones = AAAARRRGGGGHHH!

Thanks again for any replies and tips!
 

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Have you tired heat, Jeff? Now I don't mean take a propane torch to it and heat it until the paint blisters off, but maybe a heat gun. If you don't have a heat gun, then a propane torch, but not too close to the paint. Of course if the paint is crappy anyway, it won't make too much of a difference, will it?
 

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No, I haven't tried heat, been a week or two now since I tried much anythng so dang cold around here......

And Yes, blistering the paint would in fact represent a cosmetic improvement!
 

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Sometimes the mechanical shock of a fist thump will do more than pushing up and down on it.
The latch can be actuated manually from underneath if needed with a long narrow flatblade screwdriver.
 

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Sounds like all you guys have been there before! As a last resort, I've made sure I could replace the grille cheap from a pic a part and just smash the old one out to get to the hood latch and unbolt/cut/pry/whatever..... Much easier to work with without the grille in the way.
 

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Update- Hood opened today using a screwdriver from underneath... WAHOO!

Cable assembly still all frozen, and return spring is busted, but at least I can see things standing up instead of flat on my back now!
 
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