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  1. #1

    Feb 2008
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    Catalytic converter worth?

    At a garage/estate sale this morning and found a Catalytic converter, and the owner sold it to me for one dollar ($1)....

    What is one worth this month?

    Is there anything I should do to it before I take it to a scrap yard?

    Thanks,
    Bill
    "Chance Favors the Prepared Mind."
    Louis Pasteur

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    Dec 2010
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    Re: Catalytic converter worth?

    Most scrap yards will:

    1. Pay you next to nothing for them
    2. Refuse to buy them altogether

    Your best bet is to list it on eBay, or find a core buyer in your area.

    My local yard used to pay $9 each for them, until they agreed to stop buying them after the police asked them to do so.

    You'll get the most $$ out of it on ebay.

  3. #3
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    Apr 2008
    Russell KS.
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    Re: Catalytic converter worth?

    Just sold a small maybe medium sized one yesterday off a small compact neon for $30 big ones can bring alot of money.

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    Re: Catalytic converter worth?

    Depends on where you take it and who you deal with.. I have a buddy who saves scrap.. He was making good $$$ off them here.. A guy stops by his shop and buy's them off him..

    Like Clovis said Ebay.. Or where ever else online there may be a market..

    Poorhunter
    Theres A Place For All Creatures..Right Next To The Taters And Gravy..

  5. #5

    Feb 2008
    Texas
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    Re: Catalytic converter worth?

    Thanks for the info so far!

    The heat shield and dual bands, and the recessed plug, are all intact and it has no dents or damage.

    I measured it. It has a 3" diameter inlet and outlet, it's 12" wide and 18" long. The only things I can see to read are the words "Made In USA" and the brand letters: "AC".
    "Chance Favors the Prepared Mind."
    Louis Pasteur

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    Dec 2010
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    Re: Catalytic converter worth?

    Would that be for AC Delco, a GM owned parts maker?

    Just guessing....

  7. #7
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    The Pool Table Is My Yard

    Jul 2008
    WV
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    Re: Catalytic converter worth?

    Sounds like a large sized converter.. Should get you close to or over $100.. Shine a flash light into it.. Make sure it was not previously hollowed out.. We always called it a honeycomb. Should look like tiny holes through a stone.. Like fine screen wire..

    Poorhunter


    Theres A Place For All Creatures..Right Next To The Taters And Gravy..

  8. #8

    Feb 2008
    Texas
    Minelab SN/XS
    658
    133 times

    Re: Catalytic converter worth?

    Quote Originally Posted by poorhunter78
    Sounds like a large sized converter.. Should get you close to or over $100.. Shine a flash light into it.. Make sure it was not previously hollowed out.. We always called it a honeycomb. Should look like tiny holes through a stone.. Like fine screen wire..

    Poorhunter
    As I shined a strong LED light down each end, and the "honeycomb" runs flatwise so I can see the edge of it, but not like looking directly into a screen door. It appears one pipe lets the the exhaust into the top of what would be a thick vertical honeycomb, and the other pipe lets the exhaust out the bottom of the honeycomb.

    It's a dense heavy thing; weighed it and the scales stop right on the 30 lb. mark...... So, who pay prices near $100?
    "Chance Favors the Prepared Mind."
    Louis Pasteur

  9. #9
    us
    Apr 2008
    Russell KS.
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    Re: Catalytic converter worth?

    If its an older on called "pancake" style around here it may not be worth as much. You mentioned a recessed plug try poping that off or make a hole in it. If it is full of what looks like bbs then it is still good. If not you still tripled your money and throw it on the steel pile. These pancake style are usaulaly only worth 10 to 20 dollars around here that is. Maybe im wrong and its not an old pancake style, but check it out before you take it in expecting alot for it only to be told its old and not worth very much anyway and then told its empty

  10. #10

    Feb 2008
    Texas
    Minelab SN/XS
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    133 times

    Re: Catalytic converter worth?

    When you said "Pancake" style, it really described the interior of it. While I was looking into both ends of converter, it appears as if a "Pancake" is setting in there flatwise.... So, even "Pancake" converters have beads that I should see if I can get the metal plug removed?

    Here's a pic showing the $1 converter and a very worn silver plated platter found at the same garage sale. Except for the Zinc/Pewter handles I'll remove, the platter's base metal shows to be copper and weighs just over 5 lbs.... It was priced at $4.

    For a $5 cost, maybe I can still make a little from selling both on these along with the other scrap I've collected with my next trip to the scrap yard....
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    "Chance Favors the Prepared Mind."
    Louis Pasteur

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    Apr 2008
    Russell KS.
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    Re: Catalytic converter worth?

    Yep that's the same kind I took in a couple weeks ago. I shoved a rod init and couldnt make it go through so I thought it was full of honeycomb. Turns out all these have in them is the handfull of bbs inside the plug. And mine was empty so it was worthleess. Lesson learned. Pop the plug and see what's in there still I would take it in and have it checked even if you think irs empty

  12. #12
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    Re: Catalytic converter worth?

    This link will show you what I was talking about with the honeycomb, Kinda resembling the holes in a screen..

    www.cateran.com.au/cateran/data.aspx

    Poorhunter



    Theres A Place For All Creatures..Right Next To The Taters And Gravy..

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    Jul 2008
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    Re: Catalytic converter worth?

    Can you Show a picture of the reverse side of your converter? To help identify it, And it's worth..
    Theres A Place For All Creatures..Right Next To The Taters And Gravy..

  14. #14

    Feb 2008
    Texas
    Minelab SN/XS
    658
    133 times

    Re: Catalytic converter worth?

    Quote Originally Posted by poorhunter78
    Can you Show a picture of the reverse side of your converter? To help identify it, And it's worth..
    Here's the other side. Doesn't appear to be tampered with.
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    Re: Catalytic converter worth?

    I have done a little research for you Bill.. Here is a link to Ebay showing the contents of a converter, If you look close you will see what is described as a Honeycomb..

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/SCRAP-CATALY...item19cce5f859

    I found yours described as a 1 plug, On a site which buys converters.. It said they pay $28.00 for your model..

    Their are many price ranges on ebay, The link below is 1 like yours with an asking price of $70.00.. But that is not always what someone will pay..

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Large-cataly...item3cc196e6fe

    Hope this helps

    Poorhunter

    Theres A Place For All Creatures..Right Next To The Taters And Gravy..

 

 
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