Branch tube studs, better off with out.
If you dropped a branch tube stud in your block, and tried fishing it out with a coat hanger and magnet with no luck, and reassembled the complete top end to running condition, which way would you try to fish it back out.
Hint - and you THINK it fell in between the block and aluminum tranny housing.
A- Through oil pan
B- Alumininum plate on back side of block by taking tranny off
C- Back through the top were you THINK you dropped it, with a scope and magnet
D- None of the above answer provided....your course of action explained in detail
E- Screw it, its only a 3/4 inch long grade 8 bolt, my truck is ford tough.
And be your own mechanic on this, not just following a trend....cause I know "E" is the default answer.