I have a big problem. When our house fire happened many years ago, the 69 2+2 which was burned from the belt-line up went in to storage shortly after. Well, I am of the heart and mind to start working on it. Today I pulled it out and began the difficult task of inventorying just what was going to be needed. The fire was hot enough on the right side to do a lot of heat damage including melting the pot metal pull/hook for releasing the bonnet. I cleared that area and am using a pair of vice-grips on what is left of the hook/opener to rotate the handle and pull it out.
I can pull it almost all the way out to release but not far enough. After several hours of poking/pushing/finagling and etc, I’m no closer to opening it that I was when I started. Based on how far the left side comes out before it releases, I need about another 1/8+ inch to release it. But it just won’t do it no matter how hard I pull/yank the handle.
The engine was out of the car prior to the fire for a rebuild (lost it as well) so right now the engine cavity is empty. I am toying with the idea of crawling in there to manually release the hook or, worst case, hit it with the saws-all.
My question is two-fold. Can I get to that area with everything else still there (air filter housing, etc are still in place) to manually rotate the hook? 2nd - anybody got any other ideas to get it to release without all the contortion I’m gonna do to get under/in the engine bay?