Opening the hood on my 69 has always been a problem. Sometimes it pops but doesn't come up high enough to get my fingers in there. Sometimes I could pop and close a dozen times then finally it would lift high enough to pull the release again and lift the hood. Sometimes I could pop it and have someone push down a bit to release the pressure on the latch and a second pull would open it. The problem seems to be more the secondary which is a safety release. I decided to replace the latch. BUT..... ALL of the aftermarket replacement latches have a problem. The release lever on the latch on my original latch attaches though a hole on the PASSENGER side of the release arm. ALL of the aftermarket ones have that larger hole on the DRIVER side of the release arm. Why not just attach the pull lever to the DRIVER side? Because the guide that the release lever goes through at the bottom of the back of the grill keeps the release lever from going into the release arm on the latch on the DRIVER side. The release lever has to go in straight because the end of the lever has a small tip that has to fit into the smaller hole on the latch lever. One of the popular aftermarket suppliers told me that they had sold 30 of them and they were all returned with the buyer saying it wouldn't work without giving them any details of why it wouldn't work. Now they know why. To use the aftermarket latch, SOMETHING has to be modified. I'm not sure yet what I'm going to do. My neighbor is restoring a 69 GTO so first I'll go and see if he has had a similar issue. Has anybody here had to deal with this. I know the 68 and 69 models have a reputation for hood opening issues. This is the second 69 I have owned but the first one with this problem.