Step 1: Disassembly
Step 2: The repair that wasn't
The local autoparts store did have pix-nuts that are generally used on carburetor linkage for .49 cents but when I tried it, it snapped.
Did I mention I was working blind inside a door with almost no room for my fat hand?
I tried a piece of copper wire with an eye bent on one end but there was no room to move the stiff wire and wrap it tightly around the linkage shaft.
Did I mention it's 95degrees in the shade and 95% humidity? Time for a cold drink and a rethink.......