I got my uncle to weld it back, and for good measure we put a weld across the other side.
THIS SOLVED ALL MY STUPID ******* LOCKOUT PROBLEMS and the problem with my clutch not engaging no matter how much i adjusted it.
This was literally my problem for about a year... it was just stretching and moving when i pressed the pedal, causing increased effort as well as blowing master cylinder (and my slave cylinder which i replaced)
This wasn't a curse, this was a blessing. It alerted me to the problem that obviously was there for some time. I got it fixed.... installed it... and it's like night and day compared to before. the pedal feels... correct.