long story short, my catalytic converter is totally plugged up. loss of power, and blown flange gasket. so I took my '96 into an exhaust shop, which i've worked with before, to replace my catalytic converters. i asked to have the old cat's back and the shop manager said they can't give the old cat's back to me. ' something something.... federal law, mumble mumble, i have to recycle them, not worth much. ' sorry for this not being tech, but im abit worked up, feels like im getting the run around. in Arizona.