I tried to pull the cats out of my 97 v8 cougar today. I bent the two studs at the muffler end and broke the stud attached to the flange on the driver side cat (the one you get at from the top). So where am I at? Does this mean a whole new cat setup? All three studs will have to be replaced and pressed in. On the driver-side flange, if a new stud can be pressed in, the flange might have to be removed from the cat and that means cutting of the end of the pipe. I'm not even sure who to take this to. Ford stealership, muffler shop, machine shop? I dunno. I know this isn't a glamorous/cool thread but any advice would be appreciated.