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Yes you can.
However, it is normal to find that if you cut back some of the insulaton nerar the Terminal Clamp that the Wire under the insulation is eaten up.
Buy, the time you cut off the bad section the Cable may not be long enough to add a Calmp to it.

Cleary those cheapie Battery Terminal Clamps that have 2 bolts and a Sheatmetal strap to hold the Cable onto it are not the best choice on Diesels where Starting in Cold Weather can be an issue; and, become more troublesome as time goes one because the provide less wire contact with the Clamp.

I have had good luck using Marine Battery Terminal Clamps and a Copper Eye installed on the Cable.
You can crimp down the Eye on the cable the best that you can but what makes for a really good contact is if after that you use a Propane/butane torch or it can even be done with a candle and fill the cavity where you shoved the Cable with Solder.
Marine Battery Termins most often come with Wing Nuts. However, you can replace them with a stainless Steel Lock Washer and a Stainless Steel Nut if you want or find a set that comes with Nuts.
 

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Youtube is awesome for quick questions like this.
 

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Other alternatives:
In the pic is a real Battery Cable repair section. It has a tube on the end for what is left of you Cable to go into.
Someplace like NAPA (National Auto Parts) is the most likely place to find one. (Maybe PepBoys.)

Another thing I have done is take a Battery Terminal clamp that has 4 inches or so of good Cable and splice it into the existing cable by shoving the wires into each other until the over lap for about an inch. Followed using the Torch to fill the splice area with Solder and wrapping with Electrical tape.
 

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