I just got a 96 bronco, 351, automatic, manual shift 4x4. The PO said it needed a battery and radiator so I went to lkq and pulled a radiator out of a 96 f150, its the fat radiator, and installed the battery. Started right up with a LOUD! vroom and I mean LOUD! so I immediately looked underneath to discover transmission fluid flowing from under the tranny. Quickly shutting the engine off I put some plastic down and looked under her to see wtf was going on. Well, someone had used a sawzall to steal the catalytic converter out of her... They cut right above where the Y pipe connected into 1 and cut about a foot before the muffle. In doing this they nicked one of the transmission cooling lines. I repaired the transmission line, and now have to find a shop to fix this exhaust issue. My question is, does the 96 need a catalytic converter for emissions in Texas? I am going to a shop tomorrow but I do not want them to say it HAS to have one if it does not need emission testing.