Catalytic converter: RIP

Some dickheads stole it. Also, if you found this photo by searching for "catalytic converter" or whatever and are planning on cutting these things out of your neighbors' cars, I hope you get caught and have an unpleasant experience in jail.

  • Reciprocal of Phi Photography 8y

    well that kinda sucks, whats the point in stealing a catalytic converter?
    Seen on your photo stream. (?)
  • Seth Sawyers 8y

    Turns out catalytic converters contain small amounts of platinum and/or palladium and/or rhodium, all of which it turns out are worth something if you're a drug addict or if you otherwise need to somehow get $30 bucks from a scrapyard.
  • Pat Gavin 8y

    These guys sometimes get electric "Sawzall" hack saws and just roll under, cut, and roll out.

    You can get a lot of money for some. I've gotten as much as $70 for one last summer when they were a big deal.

    I'm not a crack head though, just an auto mechanic.
  • Seth Sawyers 8y

    Patty Boh: I expect my original converter and an apology on my desk in the morning. Seriously, though, I think that's exactly what they did: take a sawzall and were in and out in less than a minute.
  • DY 8y

    I'm sending this link to Alec so he can join in the misery. He is in town, btw. In case you ever wanted to meet him.
  • you aren't signed in 8y

    Dude, they just got me for my catalytic converter and found your photo in a tag search..cost me $160 ... i woulda' given the guy his crack money if he'd of given me the choice...
  • Seth Sawyers 8y

    Aw, man, that sucks. I saw your photo. They used the same method for mine: an electric sawsall. Some people saw it happen (where I live, in Baltimore), and they say it took them about a minute. I have a '94 Toyota pickup and apparently they're easy to get to, as perhaps yours is, too. I got mine fixed for about double what you paid, but maybe that's because I had to get someone to do it for me and he had to take some time to make the pipes on either side fit the new converter. I took it to one shop that wanted to replace the whole exhaust, so I'm glad I found someone who was willing to make the new converter work. It's a nationwide problem, though. I did some research on it and some states have passed laws making it harder for scrap places to buy the stolen converters. Glad you were able to get the truck fixed. Real pain to have to do it, though.
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Taken on July 16, 2007
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