Yes it can happen...I ran a second and
I thought you said the cable broke. A liberal application of good grease on all the moving parts should be enough for those. Your issue is that it's too tight. Try unscrewing the pins 1/2 turn at a time and a large spade screwdriver or something similar is all that's needed.Cable is good issue is with latch mechanism being very hard to move.
Is there anyway to adjust spring tension in the latch?
It could be as simple as unscrewing the latch pins 1/2 turn or so and greasing the capture mechanism and squirting some penetrating oil into the cable guide.It's a common problem. More often the cable pulls out rather than breaks. My 55 hood release is hard to pull, but cable hasn't pulled out or broken. I will address it during the restoration.
The hood pins are adjustable. Try turning them a 1/2 turn or so to relieve some pressureMy 1957 T-Bird hood release cable is so hard to pull that the handle broke off! I now have to use pair of pliers (attached to the under dash cable) to open the hood. I've cleaned and greased the hood opening mechanism with no results. Does anyone know how to relieve some of the spring pressure so the hood release cable will work easily? I've ordered a new cable/handle from Larry's but that will not fix the problem. Thanks. Larry