If your firewall is cracked where the cable goes through thats going to be a hard fix but if the clutch cable is hard to depress then your cable is probably too tight. Usually if you hear or feel grinding when you press the clutch pedal that means the cable is broken from being too tight or just from age. Get an adjustable cable from 50resto! I wouldnt hold off too long. Mine did the same thing and when it broke it chose to break behind the dash at the clutch quadrant. The wires from the frayed cable touched things and shorted out stuff. It could have been a fire if it wasnt taken care of!!!
Best bet for fixing it without welding, would be to stop by any machine shop and ask to buy a 3" or 4" square of sheet metal. Take home, drill hole in center to correct size, and a hole in each corner, Feed clutch cable through center hole, drill 4 holes in corner through fire wall, and drop in bolts.
Shouldn't cost more than $5 - $10 in parts, and an hour or so of work.
I have never done this on a car, but have done something similar at work before, should work great.
Thanks guts for the support I'm gonna try to take out the dash where I can get to it good so cramped
gonna reinforce it if that don't help then time for a cable I got a frpp aluminum quadrant and adjustable clutch cable already though.
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