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Hood Latch Fell Off!

Great, it never ends, I was driving through the neighborhood today when I heard a clink clink sound as I hit the gas a little and when I got out of the car I found the hood latch on the side of the road. Now I can't open my hood and my idle is too low, how the hell do I get this thing back on.

It's a 1969 by the way, and the latch was in the front of the car right under the nose in the center.

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If the main hood latch has fallen off, then the hood should just open with the saftey latch.
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What and where exactly is the (a) safety latch?
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Is your hood partially open in the front so you can at least get your fingers under the hood(in the center)?
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What and where exactly is the (a) safety latch?
When you normally open your hood, you first pull the latch to get the hood to 'pop' up. Then you reach your fingers under the hood to release the safety latch. It's there under the hood, if you've ever opened your hood before, you've already used it.
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Yeah I don't have the configuration. I pull the arm and the hood pops, then I have to pull and hold the arm while opening the hood to bypass the lock.
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Yeah I don't have the configuration. I pull the arm and the hood pops, then I have to pull and hold the arm while opening the hood to bypass the lock.
As long as you have to do it twice, then you are doing the safety latch. It's the second time you pull and hold the arm while opening, that's the safety latch. The first is the main latch, the second the safety latch.
So now if the main latch fell off, then you no longer have to pull the arm to get it to 'pop' up?
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It's fixed, but I don't actually have a safety latch, just a regular latch. That's not good.
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For what it's worth, my '68 doesn't have a safety latch nor does my buddies '68. I looked around and I don't see where one would even mount up unless it was part of the main latch.
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It may be part of the main latch. You should have to pull the handle twice, once to pop the hood up (but it shouldn't open fully), the second to releace the saftey (secondary) latch.
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