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Crooks After Your Catalytic Converter

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Metrodps, Jan 4, 2007.

  1. Metrodps

    Metrodps Strange but nice guy Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    OK here is a new twist on catalytic converters!

    mms://media02.toast.net/nbc24.com/news/13076pmconvertertheft.wmv


    try copy and paste if not go to http://www.nbc24.com/ then under video on demand
     
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    RockinChevy 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Linky no worky
     
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    Metrodps Strange but nice guy Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    Thanks dh!
     
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    RockinChevy 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    All I can say is, I'm glad my truck doesn't have a cat. Thanks for sharing that with us.
     
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    Metrodps Strange but nice guy Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    Kinda funny I was just replying to a thread about cats and it came on the news so I had to link it!
     
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    ok...if they are sawzalling it off how is welding it on gonna help...:confused:



    idiots...:rolleyes:


    They outta come out here to Iowa, you know how many highschool kids with pickups would love how their truck sounds after someone steals the cat:haha:
     
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    damn am i glad i have straight pipe!!LOL

    who would wanna do all that for $5???
     
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    Metrodps Strange but nice guy Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    A crackhead!
     
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    Crackhead with a sawzall -- Sweet!
     
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    hundreds or THOUSANDS to replace a cat. Come AWN.

    How is a sawzaw time consuming?:haha:
     
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    I've saved some meth head some time. I got one for ya..:rolleyes:
     
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    That's $5 & up.

    Weld takes a sawzall. Clamps a wrench. Sawzall is noisy and costs more than a wrench.

    I do agree "hundreds" for recycling sounds a bit much as well as a thousand to replace. Unless they meant for a business with multiple vehicles hit.

    I did recently call a guy to pick up parts of my donor vehicle and he specifically asked if there were converters.
     
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    They can have mine! I was tempted to cut it all out tonight while I was under there...but decided to be good and keep it. :)

    Honestly though...these guys are crack heads. In the amount of time they spend getting those off they could just cut chunks of people's frames and stuff off...that would bring in a lot more $$$ at the scrap yard compared to a pound or two worth of metal from the Cat's...
     
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    Knees stickin out from underneath the truck, make for interesting batting practice. :doah: :doah:
     
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    My friends boyfriend had the one cut off his 2005 toyota tacoma in baltimore Md. Dealer wants 1100 bucks to fix it. They bring about 60 bucks a peice as a core. My friend Has been scrapping cars for extra money, and alumium wheels are bringing 16 bucks a peice. Radiators and ac condensors are bringing about 13-18 dollars depending on size. Cats are bringing 45-65 depending upon condition. Needless to say he cleaned up his yard, his parents place and stuff at his shop and got just under a 1000 dollars for all of the parts he had. He had alot of alumium wheels.
     
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    I was under the impression that it was the older, super heavy ones that were worth money, because they used large quantities some precious metal in there as for the catalyst.
    Most newer ones use a different technology, ceramic, just coated with a thin coat of said precious metal, that's why they are way cheaper. This is just from stuff I've read a while back.
    The clogged nasty cat I took off my '86 C10 was very heavy and very large, I sold it for $10 at a garage sale, the new one I bought was $80 brand new, much lighter and smaller too, and I could practically see through it.
     
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    First of all I wanted to punch all those news reporters in the face for calling it a catalatic converter instead of a catalytic converter about a million times, it just bugged me... but atleast they didn't call it a cadillac convertible like I used to hear every day :doah:

    Second, I have a brand new converter in a box for a 98 kia sephia, those things have like 3 converters on them... I wonder what it'd go for at the junkyard or should I just try to sell it... hmm. And this thing cost like $300 brand new.
     
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    I think they used platinum as the catalyst. The older ones had alot in them that's why you don't find them in the junk yard.

    Much easier and quieter to use a pipe cutter than a loud sawsall or banging a rusted exhaust apart.
     
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    Crack head will steal any thing. Hell a guy local here was caught trying to steal the copper wire from a LIVE electrical station. The ones with 80,000 volts. Just getting to close will send out a bolt to get you. I guess its better they do that than steal from some store.
     

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