After the depressing outcome of yesterday, I didn't eat,couldn't sleep well, and was in a deep funk.
Bit the bullet and ordered a new nose seal. Before going to get the seal, I decided to remove the flange bolts and the cylinder base bolts. To my surprise the case split easily. Upon my return, split the case, installed the pinion block and the new fron oil seal.
Updated the sealants on each flange and checked the string. Buttoned everything up and mounted to the engine stand.