Re: If its not one thing it is still another & another
You won't be able to push that rod in with your fingers, or many times not even with a tool, it requires the leverage of the clutch arm/cable to do it.
Install the cable with it just barely slack, or -0- freeplay in the cable and make sure you the cable stop on TIGHT. You should be able to pull the lever and the clutch will disengage. If not, remove the cover (right side, and while a buddy pulls the lever, tap around the clutch plate.
Let us know what happens.