I get the top bearing assembly installed. Squeaked turned squeal fixed!
There was a small plastic defect that I trimmed with a utility knife and it popped into place with some gentle persuasion and some small submarine sailor words that I learned years ago! Additionally, there was no need to remove the lower housing or use a heat source.
Attached are a few pics of the original the destroyed assembly that I removed. As I said before, three of the four contact glides were destroyed along with the felt pieces and the drum was beginning to eat away the plastic assembly.