A bit after the fact now, but I left it and went back to it a few weeks later.
Decided to try a couple of farm jacks under the rear fuselage to lift it and compress the nose-gear. With a couple of judicious taps, the top hat lined up and the bolt went in. Whole job took about 45 minutes..........
Mercy Air, White River FAWV
RV-10 ZU-IIZ - "Zeus"
Building Bearhawk Bravo - RV-18 not available
2019 Donation Made