Thursday, February 7, 2008

Looks like others are talking too!




I did a google search for "Old Navy Trucks" and here is a sampling of what I found and where I found it....


Remember the story we brought you last fall about Old Navy discontinuing its Chevy pickup truck store displays? Anticipating a quick-and-heartless corporate disposal of these supersized paperweights, everyone feared the worst-case scenario: the crusher. But wait: a handful of the trucks seem to have been turning up on eBay, making us wonder if perhaps Old Navy decided to do the right thing after all. On January 24th, CarDomain member Casey found one that doesn't seem to be listed anymore; then this auction closed on the 26th at 100 bucks with no bids—somebody take this truck off the seller's hands quick, before he scraps it! Today, VWVortex found a current auction for one of the Old Navy trucks, by a seller who promises he'll eventually be listing 16 more: though someone's entered a bid of $1600 for this non-runner, there have been rumors of folks getting the trucks free for the dismantling, right from the Old Navy stores! It seems that it's been left entirely up to the individual stores to dispose of the vehicles as they wish; so now might be the time to call up and see if you can get a deal.


BILLFeb 4, 2008 6:28:51 PM
HI;
OLD NAVY USES ATLAS VAN LINES EXCLUSIVELY FOR ALL INSTALLS & DEINSTALLATIONS OF FIXTURES. IN THIS CASE, ATLAS VAN LINES HAS USED ITS AGENTS TO REMOVE THE TRUCKS FROM OLD NAVY STORES. THE AGENTS GET NO COMPENSATION FOR THE WORK BUT ARE HELD LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO THE STORE OR PERSONAL INJURY CLAIMS. IN EXCHANGE, THE AGENTS ARE ALLOWED TO KEEP OR SELL THE TRUCKS. THE AVERAGE JOE ISN'T ALLOWED TO GO TO OLD NAVY AND JUST PICK UP A TRUCK FOR INSURANCE REASONS. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BUYING ONE, CALL AN ATLAS VAN LINES AGENT AND ASK. I AM AN ATLAS VAN LINES AGENT IN BOSTON AND I EXPECT TO HAVE AT LEAST 15 TRUCKS. FOR THE RECORD, THIS IS A TOTAL PAIN IN THE BUTT FOR ME BUT I AM DOING THIS TO GET THE INBOUND WORK FOR THE NEW FIXTURES. THANKS BILL (800)561-4808.


Chances are that any car nut who visits Old Navy in the mall has closely inspected one of these 1950s-era Chevy pickups while waiting for a significant other to try on the hottest new skort or cargo pant. It seems that at least one Old Navy store is getting rid of its display truck. eBay Motors is hosting an auction for one that's being sold by the company hired to remove it from the store. The pickup is not a runner, as its engine and transmission have been removed, but the body looks to be in good condition and some interested buyers have already commented that a few individual parts, like the grille, are worth hundreds of dollars on their own. The auction for this Old Navy display truck currently stands at just $1,650 with 32 bids, and there's no reserve price so the top bidder gets it regardless. No doubt a few bidders are planning to throw a motor and drivetrain in this thing and get it running again, which should raise the bids significantly before the auction ends next Wednesday.


Re: Old Navy store prop trucks - worth anything?
I'm a current Old Navy employee, and one thing I can assure you...the trucks are not being sold by individual stores. I do not know of their destination, but I do know that the trucks are being removed from all stores by a contracted party. Because most of the trucks will not fit through the front doors, they are being disassembled partially to allow for easier removal. I don't know of any "displays" that have engines, but outside of the frame, the doors, the windows, and a few things here and there, the trucks are "bare". No tranny, no engine, basically no working "guts" to them. They are propped up on carts and can be moved around with one person very easily. There's actually no bed either, just the frame around it. There's a plywood box that acts as the bed of the truck.The store received a memo today, warning all the stores of imposters that have went to at least one Old Navy, claiming to be the "removers" of the truck, and successful removed the truck. However, this truck wound up on ebay, for sale, and apparently Gap, Inc. our parent company, found out about it...and subsequently, the auction has been terminated by ebay. I'm not sure if one person purchased the trucks, or where they are destined for, but I highly doubt they will be destroyed, unless there would be a substantial profit in it for the company. If there's one thing I've learned about this company...it's that the "big wigs" won't do anything, unless they can "turn a buck" on the deal. As far as what the trucks are worth, I couldn't tell you, but if you would intend to purchase one, and restore it...you'd have your hands full trying to build that thing back into something resembling an actual truck.




This link will take you to the company's website that built all of the Old Navy prop trucks. There are pictures of trucks in various stages of refurbishing. Pretty interesting stuff. Sounds like there are 1000+ of these trucks. My guess is once the market is flooded with Allied drivers trying to make a buck...these things will be a dime a dozen. Still think a guy could make a decent rat truck out of one.