Well, it isn't a clean fit, but I know someone who can make a notch in the aluminum for the hood latch.
I need to do another test fit, probably Friday morning when I have more time.
I'll have to make a new support bracket from the grill as well, but this will probably work.
Small price to pay for having my cake and eating too!
I know you can't easily tell from the pics, but the latch mechanism is resting on the inner-cooler.
Rather than notching the inner-cooler, is there another way to latch the hood and either bypass the stock latch or replace it?
I'm not sure what path I'll take, I just want to consider all reasonable ideas.