> Is it safe to operate the car
> without the rod or am I risking some sort of catastrophic failure if I
> don't replace it?
Most likely it will be OK. However without that brace, there is a lot of
bending force applied to the transmission flange; and I have seen one that
was broken that way. Personally I would find or make a replacement for the
A little blacksmithing with a propane torch & BFH should be able to produce
an adequate substitute from a length of hardware store threaded rod; if you
can't source one otherwise.
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