I had considered trying to remove the short wire, but it is really in there good and no way to split the case on the coil. I was afraid that ripping it out would hurt the component that it is attached to on the inside.
But I like your ideas of splicing it with a solid piece of metal and sealing it up.
Would hot glue be the best route or some regular silicone? I have both on hand. This will be my project for the day.