I got the big pry bar out and recharged the sawzall and got it out. Once it was out and I got the new strut in the top and the spring was seated right. I used the trusty floor jack and got the bottom control are and shot and spring all happy. Then used a grade 8 bolt, washer, locker washer and nut with some red loctite and put it all back together. Then torque spec’d it.
Thanks for your help