Well, since nobody said I shouldn't drill and pull, that's exactly what I did today!! Two tiny holes, 2 screws, 2 pairs of vice grips, a couple of large screwdrivers, and success!! I managed to get the seal off past the steering gear shaft. When I examined it, it was quite obvious why it leaked. It may be difficult to see, but at the edge of the recess for the seal, there were a few damaged edges.
This caused the outside edge of the seal to be dented as it was pressed past these spots. Once the seal was seated, these dented spots allowed oil to leak past.
To repair it, I ground off the small protrusions, then sanded it with my home made "hone".
When it looked and felt smooth enough, I carefully seated a new seal, and filled the housing with fresh gear oil.
I guess tomorrow will show me if it worked...there will either be a puddle beneath it, or I can move on to getting the final "re-panned"!!
And then I have THREE cubs to get going. Cubitis sure keeps you busy!!