When I did mine, the cable end had fused to the drive gear housing. It might be a good idea to pull the drive gear from the tranny. One 10mm bolt holds it in. Be careful and do not try to pry the cable end out, or pry the drive gear out or you might break the drive gear housing.
'73 280SEL 4.5 (9/72)- RIP
Only 8,173 units built from 5/71 thru 11/72
'02 CLK320 Cabriolet - wifey's mid-life crisis
2012 VW Jetta Sportwagon TDI...at least its a diesel
Non illegitemae carborundum.