well I think you can remove it with torx drivers, but I am not sure about a 1997 truck
it changed for 2004 from plastic to metal but still can be removed
I bet you can take it out, it's a part that can go bad and be replaced
here it is on a 2003 because I think that is Wowak's truck
the top of the MAF is under the comma after the word 'case'