USPS "tractor mail" showed up today with a couple of bearings. Decided to tackle the clutch pedal issue first. Pulled the pedal and left running board off and you can see there isn't much space to work with.
Had to cut a 1/2" strip out of the running board and grind a bit off the bearing housing to clear the lift arm, it's malleable iron so not worried about it breaking. Put everything back together and it's smooth as butter now!