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Old May 10th, 2019, 03:29 PM
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Bonnet / Hood Stuck on Series II

My '59 series II bonnet is stuck

I just got the truck, the first time it was very difficult to open, I had to pry it open while pulling the hood release and it finally popped. Taking off the grill didn't help.

Now, trying for the second time, I can't get it to open. I tried prying while pulling the latch and it won't budge.

Any advice?
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Old May 10th, 2019, 04:35 PM
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Old May 10th, 2019, 06:50 PM
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I don't event know where I would WD40!
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Old May 10th, 2019, 07:36 PM
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Spray the Bonnet catch and Latch in the center of the hood. Its probably gunked up/rusty from lack of use. Once free of gunk. Don't be afraid to use plenty of Penetrating spray to get it loose then again once the bonnet unlocks. Make sure the cable gets lubed to. D

Now once that is done and you close the bonnet again, open it up in a few days and repeat the generous lubrication routine.
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Old May 10th, 2019, 07:41 PM
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Spray the Bonnet catch and Latch in the center of the hood. Its probably gunked up/rusty from lack of use. Once free of gunk. Don't be afraid to use plenty of Penetrating spray to get it loose then again once the bonnet unlocks. Make sure the cable gets lubed to. D

Now once that is done and you close the bonnet again, open it up in a few days and repeat the generous lubrication routine.
Ok will try. No cable on it as it's a series. Just the latch as far as I can tell...
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Old May 11th, 2019, 06:04 AM
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I emptied a whole damned bottle of WD on there and no budge!
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Old May 11th, 2019, 07:31 AM
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If you look at the latch mechanism through the grill, the catch/hook on the right side of it is what operates the locking mechanism. Take a flat screwdriver and stick it in there and pry it over toward the right side. Pull up on the hood at the same time.
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If you look at the latch mechanism through the grill, the catch/hook on the right side of it is what operates the locking mechanism. Take a flat screwdriver and stick it in there and pry it over toward the right side. Pull up on the hood at the same time.
I'll try more with a screwdriver. The latch pull releases that lever however I'll try to pull at it even more.

There is another latch on the left side but I don't think it's meant to be released.
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Old May 11th, 2019, 07:36 AM
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See how it’s slotted?

Picture is probably sideways, but Like this:
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Old May 11th, 2019, 08:26 AM
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Leverage/prying, hood probably moves up and down a fraction. The pry bar/screwdriver will help it a little.

And go down the parts store get more PB Blaster etc. Letting this stuff soak in over night is always helpful. At worst, a little heat will have to join in the fun.
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Old May 11th, 2019, 09:36 AM
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More likely the latch unit is out of adjustment/worn out. Loosen every bolt and wiggle it open. Check the bonnet is centered in the hinges.
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Had to unbolt the entire latch mechanism from underneath and finally it opened.

It appears the pin the sticks off the hood was bent, and getting jammed into the latch mechanism!

Luckily RN had a NOS pun for $25. Hopefully that puts an end to this!
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Old May 20th, 2019, 10:11 AM
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So I got the NOS pin, and of course, nothing is easy in life. The bonnet striker bracket plate (original part 330548), holds the pin onto the bonnet. The plate has a nut welded to it, and the pin screws in through that nut.

Well, because the original pin was bent, I can't get it unscrewed from the plate. Have tried WD40 and alot of force, won't come loose.

I contact ZG at RN and they don't have a replacement plate, and I can't seem to find one anywhere.

Any suggestions would be appreciated!!
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Old May 20th, 2019, 10:30 AM
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So I got the NOS pin, and of course, nothing is easy in life. The bonnet striker bracket plate (original part 330548), holds the pin onto the bonnet. The plate has a nut welded to it, and the pin screws in through that nut.

Well, because the original pin was bent, I can't get it unscrewed from the plate. Have tried WD40 and alot of force, won't come loose.

I contact ZG at RN and they don't have a replacement plate, and I can't seem to find one anywhere.

Any suggestions would be appreciated!!
Have you tried posting on the guns & rovers forum? Lots of series folks on there. Also try Ike at Pangolin 4x4. GL
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It has to be straight enough to unscrew from the bonnet frame. That's a pretty fat thing to be so bent that the threads are jammed.There should be a locking nut. That's probably what's holding you up. Did you get the striker plate thing off? I assume yes. Get the locknut loose and it should unscrew from the bonnet.
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It has to be straight enough to unscrew from the bonnet frame. That's a pretty fat thing to be so bent that the threads are jammed.There should be a locking nut. That's probably what's holding you up. Did you get the striker plate thing off? I assume yes. Get the locknut loose and it should unscrew from the bonnet.
I unscrewed the striker plate from the bonnet, with the pin attached.

I took off the locking nut from the pin, which came off no problem.

It is the put itself I can't get out of the plate because it's bent.
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Oh well if I'm understanding this right you just have to bend the plate back straight then, that's all.
Usually what happens is someone takes the bonnet off and sets it upright on end. A gust of breeze comes along and pushes bonnet over and it almost every time lands on the pin, bending the mounting structure.
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Oh well if I'm understanding this right you just have to bend the plate back straight then, that's all.
Usually what happens is someone takes the bonnet off and sets it upright on end. A gust of breeze comes along and pushes bonnet over and it almost every time lands on the pin, bending the mounting structure.
It's the pin itself (which is basically a big bolt) that is bent, not the plate. Hence why it wont unscrew unfortunately.
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Again, it probably took a hit from falling. Whichever way it's bent, hammer it the opposite way and see if that won't let you at least get it to turn.
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