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If you can't access the back and it's stuck then you can try some acid down the overflow to clean the corrosion off the plunger. They tend to rust themselves in place if they go unused.

If it is stuck and won't pull up you can also put a hook on a piece of chain and try to go fishing. I use some 1/2" welded link chain and a rubber strap hook bent smaller and cut to a sharp hook. If you manage to hook the plunger you can put a screwdriver through the chain at the overflow opening and use it as a lever to pull the chain upward.
 

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A lot of people use the cheaper plastic ones with the pot metal drain. Some use the sch 40 half kits, I have some on the shelf.
I keep a Gerber# G0041813 Roman Bath Drain Trip Lever in Chrome on the van along with some other internal tub waste parts. It will fit a large range of tub sizes. It's about as cheap as you can get while still being quality brass with brass nuts. I really like the overflow seal.

The only time we install plastic tub wastes is when they are specific to that model with no better alternative. Most tubs these days don't have access panels..... until they leak of course.
 
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