any Invacars hiding in this magnificent junk yard?
whats the story behind this junk yard? is it one that specialises in vintage cars, or just one that closed down in 1973 or something?
(on the Morris Van, according to some sleuthing iv done it was registered on the 15th June 1964)
Sadly, no Invacars! I definitely would have been straight over to your thread with it, had I known of one here!
Yes, it's a specialist classic breaker out in the wilds of Co. Tyrone. The first I heard of it was back in the mid-1990s (though it may well have been going for much longer than that) - Junkyard Jewels used to advertise in the Classic Cars section of Autotrader (back in the days when it only existed as a print publication), listing a number of older cars they were currently breaking for spares, and advising that they would happily buy up any old wrecks, either for parts or for re-selling if they seemed not totally unsalvageable.
Although I had a huge interest in scrapyards, it was miles away from me and I didn't even know whether it was a 'proper' scrapyard, or just a unit in an industrial complex. Back in those heady days, there were still quite a few local yards with interesting cars that I used to enjoy poking around...
So it was only through this thread posted by T_A_D_T_S last year that I even learned they were still going, and where exactly the yard is.
It seems that the yard's not technically open to the public, presumably to comply with safety legislation - there's a customer office at the front of the premises, and storage workshops to the rear with shelves and shelves of trim and lamp clusters and instruments and any other good-quality salvaged items which are for sale. However once a year, on Easter Monday, they host a small autojumble event and, well, if there's a bit of a gap in the fence that separates the complete cars for sale and the storage area for the cars being stripped, and customers choose to slip through for a closer look... well now, that's not the yard's responsibility, is it now? We're all grown-ups...
It seems they still buy up old cars, some of which are broken up, some which are re-sold complete. From the look of them, many of these cars have probably been left to rot in gardens and farmyards for many a long year before ending up here, hence the extreme patina to some - although some shells at the very back of the compound have small trees growing through them, so they've been there for a wee while...
Thanks for the info on the Morris J2, I'll update the post accordingly!