It sounds like he has them loose but they will not come out because of the interference between the knuckle and the spring. Lifting the frame to allow the suspension to droop would not provide enough room to get mine out.
The easiest way to get them out it to loosen both of the clamps and spin the rod until both tie-rods completely un-thread from the rod. Then they should be able to fall out with the rod not attached. I went with the Go-fer-it
tie rod flip to keep that from happening again. It is easier to work on when you can pull them straight out of the top. I would also suggest replacing the bent rod.
My build thread
1979 CJ7, FI 5.0L Ford, NP435, D300, Full floated D44 Detroit, D30 Detroit EZ Locker.