More specifically, the latch plate is sandwiched between two pieces that are held together by a metal-tabs-through-slots "system." The upper piece is riveted to the body holding the latch in place.
Upon examination, both lower pieces were bent and had straightened the tabs to the point that the latch came apart.
I am assuming that the failure is the result of maladjustment of the latching mechanism attached to the bonnet (Nothing new with this car...So far EVERYTHING has needed adjustment).
I drilled out the rivets, removed the latches, straightened the pieces and put the whole affair back together, but haven't put the latches back in the car yet.
I am considering spot welding the tabs as they don't appear to be particularly sturdy, particularly after being straightened and re-bent.
Any ideas, opionons, theories, advice would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance.