To the OP’s point, we’re not all strong enough or limber enough to muscle it out. The jack idea works even better than my pry bar idea. Couldn’t get it back in with the pry bar. The bottle jack idea was really easy, the best idea of the bunch for both taking it out and putting it back in and I tried muscle, mallet, pry bar and jack. The only trick was to make sure the 2x4 in the front is wide enough to extend across both front seat mounts. Jack it enough and push down on the back seat and it noticeably locks into place. Genius!
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