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Depending on what (if any) portions of the exhaust you want to save, you may consider dropping the exhaust from the Y back. With the exhaust off the car, it is much easier to work on the connections at the flanges, clamps, etc. Oftentimes, you'll be forced into the "y-back" scenerio anyway. Ever wonder why muffler shops guarantee the mufflers forever? Cause they can make up for their loss by selling you the rest of the exhaust system. If the system as a whole is badly deteriorated, don't get your hopes up too high. You'll waste a lot of time trying to take it all apart and end up replacing it anyway.
If you plan to replace the pipes and muffler (and possibly salvaging the cat) the fastest and easiest way is to take a sawzall to the main pipe on either side of the cat inlet and outlet flanges. Then, unbolt the first pipe off the y(resonator pipe). All the sections can now be removed from the undercarriage with no further unbolting.
With the cat on the bench, you have lots of options on how to remove the bolts cleanly and salvage the unit. A machine shop is also an option, and sure beats the cost of a new cat.
good luck, John
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