Thanks. I'll try this. Shouldn't those two bolts come totally out and allow the hood to open with the latch mechanism still attached to the hood?
Well, I guess that would work, too. :)
I don't remember if there's a tab on the latch that slides into the core support. Let us know what you come up with...
Success!! I got a small wood wedge in between the grill and hood until I had about a 1/4" gap, then wrapped some tape around a big crowbar (since I didn't have a large wedge) and hammered the crowbar in unit I had just over a 3/8" gap. I was then able to take the deep 13mm 3/8 socket and hammer it in sideways with the extension attached. It was downhill from there. The socket popped in passed the chokepoint and went right on the bolt. I took both bolts all the way out in about 30 seconds and the hood came right open.
There's very little visible damage to the hood or grill. Thanks for the idea kidhauler! Now I can get a new cable from the junkyard.
Good to hear you got it open. Good luck on the cable repair, and we'll look forward to your next visit.