I removed it and put in a t. This way my throttle wouldn't hit it. I used a mini pipe cutter. I put 3/4 coolant hose on the line coming out of the water pump. Put a 5/8 on the line that goes to the back of the block. Put the hose that was originally there back on the t. No leaks. Works just fine. I would recommend this if you go with the windstar swap.