I don't know if this will work for you,but it worked for me with the same sounding problem.
take the heel of your hand,and strike the hood in the corner just about where the latch is located,do this firmly once or twice. if you get lucky the hood will pop up and then you can manually release the lever hook.
60 T BD
Thunderbird Registry # 33126 - VTCI # 11138- CTCI #02521