So, the torture began...
... and it carried on for about 10 whole minutes. You can see the tormenting tool at the bottom of the picture below.
However, it was all for a good cause. After some cutting and drilling, the old joystick became an H-Shifter, mounted right in the place of the actual gear shifter in the BMW E36 center console.
In case you're wondering how the joystick is going to act as a H-shifter, it's all thanks to a great and simple software called FFShifter.
Note. No hardware was harmed while making this blog post. Except for a Logitech 3D Pro joystick.