You do not need a paper clip or what ever to take the lock mechanism out,
only just to put it back in.
The lock mechanism must stay in the closed or locked position as well as the latch. (I used locking pliers, not so tight).
There are two small spring loaded tangs that need to be depressed or pushed in at the tumbler, one at a time through the same small opening at the inside base, use a small jewelers screw driver.
Depress the fist tang (steel), lock set will come out about a half inch (may need to pry the lock lightly from the face to get it started), depress the second tang (brass) and it will fall right out.
You will need to insert a paper clip (I used a small alan wrench) to put the tumbler back in. Depress both those tangs while pushing the paper clip as far in as possible. It will hold those tangs in so that you can slip the mechanism back into place.
When you slip the tumbler back in, you need to line it up as if it were in the locked position. It should fall right into place.
Remove the paper clip or alan wrench, you will hear it click.
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