A Basement Full of Good Ideas Never Realized

Michael Mobile Technician Clinton, Utah Posted   Latest  

So over the last few years I have been experimenting with sales and service ideas I thought were really good. In the end, I have a boatload of inventory and no space to store it. An example of this is I saw an opportunity with GDI vehicles to offer a mobile service that would walnut blast the valves and install a catch can in the PCV system to lessen valve deposits. My F150 is proof the service works. I cleaned the valves and installed a catch can at 85K miles. At 230K miles, no GDI related issues. When I went out to sell, I found that I was not able to convince the shops of the process. The chemical dealers have them convinced that 30 minutes of spraying chemical will remove Carbon as hard as coal from intake valves. So now I have a stack of catch cans, hoses, fittings, walnut shells, nozzles, vacuum and vessel begging for a new home.

I worked for a company that sells TPMS service kits, stems, sockets and many other tools. After being laid off from said company, I purchased tools from them to resell. Now I have shelves full of tools and TPMS items. Was not my best move. I discovered that I was spending an hour at a shop refilling the TPMS service kits in their inventory making $10 or $15 profit. At the end of the day, I was going backwards.

At this point it is not about making money but more so clearing room. I am open to offers.

I will be driving to the Vision show. I can deliver product there or anywhere on my route. If anyone is interested in checking out what I have drop me a line. …

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Dave Mobile Technician
Ironton, Ohio
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I have been there and done that. Seemed like a good idea at the time, like when I connered the market on flash bulbs. Duh.

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Angelo Instructor
St. Louis, Missouri
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How about those catch cans? Can you sell them online?

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Michael Mobile Technician
Clinton, Utah
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Angelo, These are really high end cans. Most of the online ones are cheap and don't really work. It would be tough to compete with the cheap ones.

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Greg Owner
Wilmington, Delaware
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Mike, do you have pics or vids of the blaster / catch can process? I would like to see it in action if possible. Thank you.

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Michael Mobile Technician
Clinton, Utah
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Hi Greg, I have not taken the time to video. The walnut shell process involves rolling over the engine until the intake valves are closed with the intake manifold off. Tape off the other ports. use vacuum connected to port tool with wand through the port tool. Run vacuum while blasting the valves. This reduces the mess. If you make vacuum single purpose for the blasting, the media can be…

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Stephen Technician
Gallatin, Tennessee
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What size of “grit” works for cleaning valves with walnut shells? I’d be interested in nozzle and catch can. Publicsafetyradio452 at gmail.

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Michael Mobile Technician
Clinton, Utah
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Stephen, I believe the grit I was using was the 12 grit which is the coarse material. I would like to sell the whole blasting setup together. I would be happy to sell a catch can kit.

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Stephen Technician
Gallatin, Tennessee
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Is there a place I can see what is in the kit? Price?

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Michael Mobile Technician
Clinton, Utah
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Hi Stephen, I sent you an email with some information. Each kit has to be assembled based on the type of vehicle. Even with the kit there will be some fabrication on your part based on where you mount the can. Basically, there is a bracket to hold the can, check valves and hoses. I can send you pinch clamps or you can use hose clamps if you don't have a pinch clamp tool. You will need to cut…

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Stephen Technician
Gallatin, Tennessee
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Thanks Michael. I want to google up what I’m getting into. I’m looking at a 17 Tahoe, 5.3. Wondering if it needs a catch can.

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Myron Business Development Manager
Long Beach, California
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For the past 35 years I have been selling over 19 car manufacturers repair parts for their cars – – I have also sold into the automotive aftermarket. I have overcome the problem years ago. Call me at … and I will find out what you have and discuss with you what you need to get off Ground Zero. Myron …

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Michael Mobile Technician
Clinton, Utah
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Hi Myron, Thanks for the offer. I will give you a call. I have decided that sales is not my strong point. I enjoy programming and diagnostics much more than selling tools.

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Glen Owner/Technician
Arthur, Illinois
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When talking to Myron it is quite possible the information and knowledge to be gleaned will be enough to make this adventure profitable.

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Myron Business Development Manager
Long Beach, California
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Please go to my LinkedIn page to get more information about who I am.@@ linkedin​.​com/in/myron-…By the way I will be starting a newsletter to help people with your problem very soon. Myron

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Myron Business Development Manager
Long Beach, California
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Mike still waiting for your reply. You may want to go to …​.​com and look at the inventions that we created. The idea that we practiced over the years was not what we invented but how are users could use our inventions. We have had tremendous success as a list of clients shows. At 80 years of age I am looking to help people who have not developed the knowledge that I…

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Michael Mobile Technician
Clinton, Utah
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Myron, Thank you for your assistance. I plan on giving you a call to discuss. My days are very full with the programming work that I do. I have no question in your abilities to sell product. It is more so my ability to expend the effort needed to promote products. I have loaded my plate too heavy with projects and am finding that one can only do so much. My ambition has overcome my ability and…

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Dennis Owner/Technician
Salt Lake City, Utah
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Michael can you send me a list of what you have , I can come and get it if you are not coming to salt lake Dennis - MasterTech …

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