OK then......that damper rod looks like it needs to come loose before the forks will separate. After finding a parts-lookup fische, I freely admit my previous error. The shop mechanics (many moons ago) had a tool to hold the damper from the top, once the cap and spring were removed. I can ask around with some fellow old-pharts, to see of a common tool will work as well.
" A man that can have patience, can have what he will." - Benjamin Franklin
"Man cannot imagine how life could be more difficult or complex. But Congress can." - Cullen Hightower
Honestly, I *do* like Socialists. They just need a little tartar sauce.