I agree; I was thinking you meant the foot pedal. The rod is length adjustable (reverse threads at one end; be careful).I'd also recommend repositioning the arm on the gear shift shaft ("gearchange control lever") down a bit more so it has a better angle for downshifts.
yep. that's what I was referring to (just didn't know the proper name for it).
looks like it will need a longer rod to get the right geometry.