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mbouse
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cat shield

Post by mbouse » Sat Nov 19, 2005 1:19 pm

I have what appears to be original equipment catalytic converter on my Spider. It is the three bolt variety. This converter has a sheet metal ?guard? or pan on the <u>underside</u>.

I have a very noisy metal rattle that I believe is this pan.

Should I:

remove the pan

pinch the seams in attempt to get the pan to adhere tightly to the converter?

Mike Bouse
Coldwater, Michigan
1980 Fiat Spider, stock

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dave
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Post by dave » Tue Nov 22, 2005 10:06 am

Mike, that pan is held to the body with fairly sizable rivets (aluminum) you can check for vibration buy temporarily sticking a piece of wood or somthing between the body and the pan to jam it in place. Don't remove it because it deflects a lot of heat away from the passenger side of the passenger comparment. If your cat has a plate underneath the cat (grass gaurd), it can be removed but don't park over dry grass after a hard run ;-). These plates are usually spot welded on and rust away around the spots. My car did not have a gaurd under the cat, but it didn't have any guts in the cat either!
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Post by mbouse » Tue Nov 22, 2005 1:19 pm

Dave,

This rattle is sooo bad that my Spider sometimes sounds like a wind-up toy gone crazy.

Everything is put in place on an auto for a reason. I knew the shield <u>under</u>the cat was there for a reason. Now I understand. Pinching the seams to attempt the non-rattle solution I desire is acceptable. Then if it don't work, I know how to proceed. Thanks for the input on the "grass guard".

By the way, did you get your package?

Mike Bouse
Coldwater, Michigan
1980 Fiat Spider, stock

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Post by dave » Wed Nov 23, 2005 2:55 pm

yep, thanks. Now I just have to get the time to package the gulp valve.........
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