Hi Bill! Hey, if you need rivnuts or the tool, I have them. If I don't have the right size, HF is 10 minutes away. On some years, I don't remember which, there was a plastic clip on the door frame that the linkage rod snaps into.The linkage bends after years on the interior handle, just may need bent back to correct shape. Just read your whole thread...again. sounds like you've gone 10 rounds with yours too! I know, not funny, but if we didn't have problems, that would probably mean we're not doing much! (at least in my case). I know it makes me appreciate the victories, no matter how small they may be. If there's anything I can do, PM me, maybe come on down to the South Hills and see how the hayseeds live! Might be able to get bodymanbill here. He's only 10-15 minutes away!