Thought i would give an update. I ended up finding some great information from a Mustang website. (turned my stomach a little bit) Anyhoo..after removing the castle nut on the back side of the centerlink, it said to smack the centerlink itself, not the cylinder rod, a few good times with a BFH and the rod would pop out. I'll be damned if it didnt work! I was able to get the cylinder rebuilt and reinstalled in no time. so far no leaks. The cylinder rod did look and feel pretty worn in a few places so im sure its only a short term cure. but i was tired of having to put cardboard under the car all the time. I appreciate your response Big Dave. Its good to know that i can come here for help.