Dear Peter, I am attaching some screenshots from the analysis. I did everything you told me but the solver is still struggling and I am not getting a final solution.

1) These are the constraints I have for the type of contact between the main body and the rigid rods.

2) This is the setup I have for making the rods rigid bodies



3) These are the constraints when I am applying the remote displacement for the top rod. For the other 2 rods I have put everything at 0.

Since they are all rigid bodies only the face that is touching the main body is meshed, meaning that I cannot have the top face of the rod as my selection for the displacement in the -Z axis. 

is there anything specific that I need to edit ? I am not able to figure out what I have wrong here.

Kindly, Michael