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    hello all, my name is Kyle Osterholt and I live and work in Okarche Oklahoma. I've been an auto technician for about 16 years now and a GM technician for the last 8. My employer is Carter Chevrolet and we are the largest GSA sales dealership in the world with probably one of the smallest dealerships in size that you'll see. The owner has a keen eye for business so he's always looking for a new way for income. We are gearing up to become one of the leaders in the CNG market in the state doing mostly fleet conversions and I'm sure as we have the capability, individual conversions for customers. I went through an install class for the Impco Silverado 6.0 kit about a month ago and am going through a class this whole week to take the state certification test along with 3 of my co-workers. I am new to CNG itself but have been very pleased with the outlook so-far. I can see the state of Oklahoma picking up tremendously in the near future as far as CNG vehicles and infastructure.

    We are also looking into a kit that will be installed on the 3.9 Impala's that is a dedicated system. At the moment, we have a couple Silverado's and one Impala that we have as demos.. So-far, both kits are very promising.

    I hope to be a regular on this forum and learn as much as I can to become the best CNG tech I can be...

    Kyle

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    Re: New Oklahoma Member

    Welcome to CNGchat, Kyle.
    Good CNG techs are going to be in high demand over the next decade

    You might also post here to get the old "Okies" thread humming again:
    http://www.cngchat.com/forum/showthread.php?t=425

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      Re: New Oklahoma Member

      Hey Kyle,

      If you haven't checked out Mitton's website re. the Impala, it's:
      www.naturaldrive.com

      We also have a listing of all of the available conversions we know of at:
      http://www.ngvc.org/pdfs/marketplace...ses.NGVs-a.pdf

      There's a Ford Focus coming soon from: www.transecoenergy.com

      If you have any technical questions I'd be glad to give them a shot.

      Best regards,

      afvman

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      • #4
        Re: New Oklahoma Member

        Kyle,

        Good luck with this. I am working on a similar business model in the Tulsa area but you guys are way ahead of me. In my promotions, I will try to send some business your way.

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          Re: New Oklahoma Member

          thanks guys... I found out Natural Drive is the system we are going to be putting on the Impala's. I believe they are coming out to do install classes sometime in the coming month. I'm taking the state Cert. Test tomorrow.

          Many of the Oklahoma Statutes are very vague and leave too much. Fortunately we were able to talk with Brandy Winget with Central Services today and clear up some of the questions. We also found out that they are currently revising some of the Statues to clarify some issues. One big question we had was what kits were legal. She stated that the current regs don't clearly state what is and is not legal although the new wording that will be coming out soon will regulate that only EPA certified systems will be legal in Oklahoma. There are a lot of people trying to install non-certified systems since they were reading the statute differently.

          wish me luck! Kyle

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            Re: New Oklahoma Member

            I am a bit worried about fumigation. I could see the EPA not giving certification because the emissions equipment is not modified and there is nothing to certify and the state not allowing it because it is not certified. :-) Typical red tape government catch 22. I need help from the fumigation people to stop this from happening.

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              Re: New Oklahoma Member

              i am not an expert in this area but isn't there a fixer on the old chevy's that tells the computer that the 02 sensor is reading right. i know that when i take my truck to a auto parts store and get it checked it says a lean condition has occurred, and i know while i'm driving it will flick the check engine soon light and after a few seconds it shuts off, so isn't it altering the emissions controls anyways?

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              • #8
                Re: New Oklahoma Member

                We are getting off-topic but EPA has gone after O2 sensor spoofing systems:
                http://www.epa.gov/oecaerth/resource...aa/casper.html

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