Hood Latch Support Comparison 70 vs 71-2
by George Nenadovich
Here are two hood latch/grill supports for 70 and 71-2 Skylark/GS
models. The 71-2 versions are the same and is pictured on the left. The
70 version is on the right. Notice the hood release handle position difference.
The 70 front bumper sits lower in the front and requires the hood release
handle to sit lower. The difference is 2". You can not use a 71-2 version
on a 70 car because the release handle will rest behind the bumper and will
not be able to release/open the hood.
Here is a close-up. The handle actuating rod from the release
handle mechanism to the hood latch is longer on the 70 version.
Close-up of the 71-2 release handle.
Here is the 70 version.
Notice the postion of the lower screw location indicated
by the arrow. You can not interchange the handle mechanism from this 70
version to 71-2 because it will not sit flush on the mounting surface.
Here is the 71-2 version. Notice lower screw location indicated
by black arrow.
When changing the 71-2 front end to look like a 70 model,
the hood latch support needs to be changed along with the following:
Hood lip trim
Front bumper turn signal lights
Rubber bumper fillers