wow, now I know why i never noticed it before...
Its because the top of the plug was rotted off, I made it a little worse trying to dig it out of there.
Now, my question is, if i take the front plate off of the tranny, is everything going to come flying out of there, OR worse, am I not going to be able to get it back on easily. Is it just a cover or are things bolted to it on the inside?
Any thoughts on how to get this out, and what to use as a replacement?