UPDATE: the transmission mount method works well. Unbolt the 4 bolts holding the mount to the tranny, remove the spring pin from the axle, shove trans away from axle using whatever method you can think of. I bet jacking it up a tiny bit is probably the easiest. Axle should drop right off of the trans splines.
This will for sure not work for 05+.
My huge challenge was that my axle was seized up in the hub itself. PITA, real PITA. Ended up having to get an air hammer and pound that mofo out.