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Drive Door Latch Pawl is Loose.

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Vehicle Information: Model: 911T; Year: 1971; Body Type: Targa; Engine (type, size, modifications): 2.2L; Total Mileage: 82,000;

Dear Ed.Here is a good one. My drive side door was not closing fully. After a quick inspection I noted that the latch pawl was very loose. After about 3 hours of removing door innards I found the problem.There is a hefty collar that is visible outside the door and directly behind the pawl. The operating shaft that the pawl is swedged to runs through it and on to the coil spring of the inside mechanism. This collar is attached to an assembly plate and acts like a bushing by keeping the pawl and sshaft firmly in place. The collars appears to have separated from the assembly plate.Right now I cant tell if the factory spot welded or pressed this collar on the plate. Its in the parts washer now removing 25 years of grime for closer inspection. It also appears that both ends of the shaft are swedged or pressed on and cant be disassembled( one end has the pawl the other has the coiled return spring)At this time it appears that this assembly is not repairable and should be replaced.Perhaps you have the insight to repairing and reattaching the bushing / collar if it even can be.If the answer is to replace the whole thing, Do you know if this latch assembly is still available and from who?Thanks in advance.Brian SkellyTexasPS You were right about replacing the flasher. A new OE flasher corrected the wacky indicator lights on the dash. Thanks!

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