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Re: Diesel Full Cutoff (Shutoff)
I'm suspecting the rod is solid because it connects to a bellcrank or lever assembly of some kind and is expected to PUSH back in, not just pull out. In which case there's a reason for it to be a strong rod & to not mess with that.
Now on the other hand, there are plenty of ways to cure a grungy metal rod. Unhook it, disconnect it, and if you don't want to polish it up take it to any machine shop or chroming shop (motorcycle shops usually can point you to one) and just tell 'em "Takee Fixee" in your choice of chrome, black chrome, gold, whatever finish turns you on.
A shop that polishes and plates metal all day should be able to give it back to you lookingbetter than new, no need to fab up a replacement.