Any updates on how it's holding up?
Its been about 6 months now and the linkage is holding up great. The guys at the welding shop did a nice job putting it back together.
The only possible down side is that when I disassembled everything for welding, I saw the bushing in the linkage was shot, so I'm using the linkage without a bushing - just packed with grease. Its working well and there doesn't seem to be too much sloppiness in the shifter.