Originally Posted by jakeshoe
You can remove that for an aftermarket controller. You can also retrofit an early 4L80E manual shaft so it is shorter.
Have fun getting the "nail" out.
The MLPS's are always broken, I can never get the connectors loose without damaging them. $35 new, I just replace them. IIRC there was a GM TSB on those because of the sealant.
heat the connector area up with a lighter or a small butane torch... they come apart easily then for me.