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Door Latch Dis-Assembly?
#11
Proof again that sleeping on it is always good!
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#12
Mais oui, "fools rush in..."
At the very least one should always make tea before getting the angle grinder out.
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#13
Yes will have a drink here and scratch head... (maybe not tea though...)
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#14
I'd suggest that judicious use of a sharp, narrow (1/4"?) chisel with a small hammer could undo the peened square tube sufficiently to allow separation. Perhaps a spare piece of square bar in the peened hole would help to control the chisel's action. I have done this on (non-car) locks in the past with some success.
Depending on how much metal remains on the very worn-looking face I'd be tempted to braze or silver-solder a square (or even a stirrup shape) of steel sheet over it and file down to the original section. Take great care to avoid overheating that paper-thin part.
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#15
Thanks Duncan. Yes I agree - softly softly catchee monkey...
(Though why anyone would want to catch a monkey defeats me)

I have this evening found a couple of very helpful photos on the Nippy site which clarify things somewhat, thanks to whoever took those - though still a few little mysteries left to resolve.
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