We may never find out how everything worked out for Alan:
Last Active 26th November 2008 - 07:25 PM
It's deep winter here in Ottawa, and I put the little Surfer away in November in a friends barn, before I had a chance to get at the insides of the door handle mechanism. I'm going to open it up somehow and see what goes on inside. I may just try repairing (building up the worn down tongue) before I start the hunt for a replacement. Im hoping I'll get a part # or something to identify it on the inside.
I'll report in early April when I hope to get at the job.
Thanks to all who offered suggestions.