The part on the firewall is a relay; the stud sticking out of the top of it is the power distribution center. The hot wire from the battery runs to it and most of the wires coming off of it are fusible links with the exception of the wires from the alternator. If you eliminate it, the starter will not work.
I've been throwed out of a carwash- too much mud!
I've done bodywork useing a winch, a tree, a prybar, and a BFH!
Now, my wild oats have turned to prune juice and all-bran...