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For those having to slam their hoods to get them to latch
For those who sometimes have trouble getting their hood latch to engage I was able to resolve my issue today. Apparently after 40 years of the latch being sprung and hitting a metal tab meant to keep it in alignment, the tab gradually bent to such a point that it was not allowing the latch to go further enough forward to probably be sprung by the hood shaft portion of the latch. Now it latches down perfectly with no more slamming. I finally got to the point I took the latch off to inspect it and this is what I found:


Back side of hood latch    

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M code 71 Mach 1, 351 4V Cleveland, Ram Air (not factory), C6 Trans, 3.5 rear
Ah ha! Guess I can't gloat any more...

1973 Mach 1 Q code 351 4V, 9A paint, standard interior, 3.50 rear, C6 trans.
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