Exhaust to Cat Converter connection
The connection from manifold exhaust and cat converter started to come loose and get noisy. Engine light also came on and test from mechanic indicated it was Catalytic error. (Probably from being loose) He wanted to replace with new for $1200 which I declined. Since then, exhaust came apart in driveway (I tempted fate for too long). I got under and saw that flange from cat side was gone as was the mesh shield and, what looks like a large spring around pipe, is broken. I pushed pipe directly into exhaust pipe and after disconnecting battery to reset errors, engine light is now out and car sounds fine.
Now, I know I can't drive it but what do I need to connect the two back up? Welding is not an option for me but can I attach a short flex pipe with a flange to exhaust and clamp other side to Cat pipe?
Also, clamps/holders are gone and I'm not sure what type or where to attach new ones.
2005 Taurus SE, 3.0L 12 Valve