Thanks to Tom and Pam, I have a new (used) hood striker to work with. PO had it on upside down and out of adjustment. It was also repaired by brazing and a horrible welding attempt. Tom sent me a used one from an Alpine so we just need to get it installed. Thanks Tom & Pam!
Now the next issue is the positive ground. Yup, that’s right. The PO had the battery grounded via the positive terminal.