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  • Hood Cable Break

    I pulled my hood open cable under the dash to release the bonnet and...whooosh -the cable broke...can't unlatch the hood.

    Can I get to the latch through the top vent between the wipers ? If not, any suggestions ? Ed

  • #2
    I'll do my own first reply because I forgot to give the model in the originating post - 1975 TR6

    Ed

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    • #3
      https://www.tr-register.co.uk/forums...closed-bonnet/

      good luck! Once you get it open install a back up release mechanism or a second cable release

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      • ecs99
        ecs99 commented
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        Thank you for the link...heard about the back-up mechanism so I'll be putting that in for SURE

    • #4
      Had a similar issue on my 250, tried many things but in the end just leaned very heavy on the release handle, but my cable was not broken. You could try the solution at the link.

      https://static1.squarespace.com/stat...nnet+Cable.pdf

      Once you get it open after exhausting 10 years of patience, install one of these;

      https://mossmotors.com/emergency-hood-release-kit

      Good luck.
      Ralph
      TR250 "Eileen"
      MGB "Merck"
      VW GTI

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      • ecs99
        ecs99 commented
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        Thank you, Ralph...both links very helpful and glad there's another way through the firewall versus drilling a new hole. Much appreciation

    • #5
      Did the cable break at the bonnet latch end. If at the handle end, inside the cockpit, you could pull on the cable that's left under the dash to release it.
      I had a stock release fail that way once.
      As for going through the scuttle, you'll have to drill the access hole first.
      I've read where some folks have been able to release the latch from underneath.
      CF1634U+O Pimento/Chestnut
      2nd owner, since 1975
      Now in Fair Oaks, CA

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      • ecs99
        ecs99 commented
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        The cable snapped inside the engine compartment. I started pulling the cable and it was like drawing a loose string out of a sweater - it kept coming I think it's drill a new hole through the firewall or go in through the choke grommet....my Pimento/Tan TR6 thanks you

    • #6
      There is a way to release it, kind of involved, But I believe a long screwdriver through the choke/heater control hole in the firewall to actuate the release lever, being careful of the positive battery cable in that area.
      '74 TR6 CF13007U aka "Mr. T"
      Custom Blue (Delft-Like) and New Tan (Formerly Mallard and New Tan)
      Points, Ballast Bypassed, Bosch Blue Coil, Moss Cobalt Wires, Champion RN12YC plugs.
      Peaks and tweaks, but the spirit of Original
      Redlines always.
      My wife is the Driver, I'm just the Mechanic....

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      • ecs99
        ecs99 commented
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        Yes...been getting several responses suggesting the choke hole in the best entry, so that looks like that's what I'll do...thanks so much for taking time to give me your POV

    • #7
      Buckeye Triumphs solution here:

      https://static1.squarespace.com/stat...nnet+Cable.pdf

      Here's another:


      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7e93l62Ro4

      The screwdriver discussion:

      https://forums.6-pack.org/the-6-pack...k-hood-release
      Last edited by tr6harris; 09-26-2021, 01:55 PM.
      '74 TR6 CF13007U aka "Mr. T"
      Custom Blue (Delft-Like) and New Tan (Formerly Mallard and New Tan)
      Points, Ballast Bypassed, Bosch Blue Coil, Moss Cobalt Wires, Champion RN12YC plugs.
      Peaks and tweaks, but the spirit of Original
      Redlines always.
      My wife is the Driver, I'm just the Mechanic....

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      • #8
        Originally posted by ecs99 View Post
        I pulled my hood open cable under the dash to release the bonnet and...whooosh -the cable broke...can't unlatch the hood.

        Can I get to the latch through the top vent between the wipers ? If not, any suggestions ? Ed
        Yes you can, but drilling the hole would be tricky (offset drill motor and stubby bit?) from the vent side. Here's what i did before all of the other backups were offered. Never had to use it but did practice the opening with the hood open, then a few times with it closed. The long screwdriver is used as a lever against an L-shaped steel rod which presses against the cable stay. Yes there's tape wrapped around the rod since it's so close to the + battery post..The 3/8 inch hole in the firewall has a push in plastic plug inserted to keep engine bay air out of the fresh air duct (which has a filter in it)

        Dick
        Last edited by dicta; 09-27-2021, 03:58 PM.

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        • #9
          Here's another option that goes in via the cowl vent.... use a wood or plastic dowel to eliminate any worry about hitting the positive battery post
          1975 Mimosa with a few upgrades/mods:
          Patton TBI
          HVDA Toyota 5 speed
          Goodparts Nissan Diff
          Goodparts CVJs
          AAW Wire Harness
          Miata Seats
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