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Old 03-12-2008, 06:12 PM
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Need help, replacing cat converts '96 Mercury Cougar

This sucks...

It's a 96 cougar xr7 with the 4.6 V8... It's really nice shape and all, now the cat's are pluged. It's driven alot, and is now getting <16mpg highway... At 3.25 per gallen, spending the $170 to get it back up to 25mpg highway makes sence really quick...

Problem is, the top exhaust flange bolt is twisted off on the drivers side(i didnt do that one it was like that when I got under it fyi), and I cannot get at the top one on the passengers side, the converter itself is in the way... What the HELL?!?!?!?!?!?

Any idea what I can do? It's halfway apart in the school shop right now.


My idea was to cut the cats out, and then give it hell... but then if I cant do it, I'm $*#&ed

Plz help
~Nate

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Old 03-12-2008, 06:22 PM
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Torch/cut off the cat?
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Old 03-12-2008, 07:05 PM
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Dammit, well you told me too, so I guess that's what I'll get to do...

Ugh, just alot of freekin work, luckly I have acess to a Jesus saw
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Old 03-12-2008, 09:17 PM
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Cut them out and replace them with some pipe. Or just hollow the cats out and leave them in place. Cut them open, hammer the cermic crap out, and weld shut.
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Sometimes ya just gotta do what ya gotta do. Destructive removal sounds like the way to go.
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Old 03-12-2008, 10:57 PM
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don't know about the later ones but the earlier fords used a honeycomb type center in the cat's,just pull em off and get a big bar and beat the crap out of em,then put em back on.

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