I test fit the pushrod receiver onto the pressure plate, and stuck a makeshift rod in it for effect. The receiver fit well. I'll likely use a good epoxy and attach it permanently. I'm still torn about using a ball bearing in this arrangement. My Yamaha uses a ball bearing in the center of the rod. This increases the loading on the rod to only the center. With a Silver Steel (tool grade drill rod stock) this should not be a problem. However, is it really needed? The rod is SUPPOSED to turn, that's why there is a thrust bearing arrangement at the back of the gearbox where the lever pushes the rod.
I will consider this a little more. Any commentary from those of you reading this are welcome.