Have you tried a zrod before?
I can definitely make something that would line up.
the concern is: i'm not sure how its going to react when the lever is pushed.
It's going to be so far away from the center axis,
and the pivot,
that I'm thinking it might rotate, instead of move up and down.
I really can't wrap my head around it until I try it out,
but I will.
and will report back.