Its not that difficult. I put a drift or the largest Phillips screwdriver I can find in the tube. You can the put some vice grips on the tube. The screwdriver will prevent the tube from crunching. Then slowly twist it back and forth a little at a time while pulling up a little. It will come out pretty quick.
1969 x-77 Z/28 orange/ white stripes, named by my daughter "Clementine ", M-22 close ratio, 4:10 12 bolt, CE 302. Hugger orange with white stripes. White standard interior. Restoration complete May 2018