alright i got the bar back in and backed it out enough to be stable and it holds the clutchpressure, haven't assembled everything yet as i need to plug for phase 2
i figure if this holds permenantly great. if not, i'm not out anything more, i don't see anything i could eff up doing it, so it's a go
i'm going to drill a hole through the allen head plug that goes on, thread it on only partially, and then put a bolt through that hole and screw into the threaded portion of the rod. if all goes well it should hold a good long time. when next time to replace the clutch comes (or other reason to drop the tranny, that a lot of work i don't have all the tools and jacks for...) i will weigh getting a tolton hydraulic clutch set up($2-5k) or some other after-market clutch + a new bell housing and do it all at once.
on a side note, could a new plug be fabbed that's stronger and then a grade 20 or something bolt be threaded through that and the rod- and then the bolt going through the plug would actually support the load?
i'm sure i'm not the first to go through this breakage and it might help others down the road.