I felt well enough to look at it today, I can see what happened with the clutch/brake. PO removed whatever attachment it had on it, probably a mow deck, and the bolts that held that one also hold the front plate the clutch pivots to in place. Since the bolts weren't there when I depressed the brake pedal instead of disengaging the clutch it just moved the assembly around. Clutch stayed on no matter where the pedal was.
At the same time all that part shifting left little torque left to apply the brake, which is past the pad and into the metal, so virtually no brake at all.
Got all those missing bolts in place now so the clutch works like it should and there's what brake I can get until I replace that pad. Also wired up the ignition switch properly.
At a standstill now until I can afford to replace the drag link and starterator.