Aaah, Priors of Yaxham. Absolutely full of 50s American cars all of which were pretty rotten but still had parts to yield. I have a vague memory of cutting through the U-bolts on that blue and white 56 so we could take the axle out. I think we went up in COY99D the black 56 Sport Sedan which was eventually written off. Most if not all of them were from US bases and some weren't that old when they went in the yard. There was also a lot of LHD British cars in there which had also come from the US bases. I believe a housing estate was built there after the yard was cleared.
I first went to Priors in 1965 to get a gearbox for my '57 Plymouth, it was an impressive sight. The last time time I went was the morning of the Tri Chevy photo shoot with Mike Key. I bought all the two door trim that they had left, I filled my '55 Sedan Delivery with it.
The Priors were very nice people, not your usual Yank Scrap Yard Owners.
Bob I've got pics here from the mid seventies when there was no vegetation. A number of them are taken from the same angle and make interesting comparisons. I've put some up on the NSRA before but will happily put them up here if there is any interest? http://imagehosting.rodsnsods.co.uk/534b5ab1bb93103.jpg
The following two are slightly different....they were both rescued from Yaxham.
The '56 Nomad was dragged out by Pete De Solla. He did get it running at one stage but when I spoke to him in the early eighties he told me that he had scrapped it as it was just too rotten.
The 57 convertible was taken out and rebuilt by an American serviceman. He had it on the road over here and then took it back to Florida when he returned. http://imagehosting.rodsnsods.co.uk/534b5ad8d9d0062.jpg
I seem to remember there were three generations of Priors sitting there when we arrived one day. Bit like deliverance but as Roger says they were really nice people. One day I was under a dash out in the middle somewhere when something moved in there with me. I screamed jumped and ran pretty much all at once. The old lady decided we were all just big London softies after that! I think she said it was probably a stoat whatever that is.
I'm sure the latest American car in the field was an early sixties base police Ford? I do remember on one of the SOTF trips up there somebody was interested in a slightly later Econoline pickup that was by the shed.
Shame that life moves on....I'd have loved to go yard exploring in the sixties!
I was up that way a few years ago, the site of the yard is now a housing estate. Don*t forget Woolhouse yard in Barnsley, had a lot of Tri 5*s in there, I think this has also been cleared.
At last a picture of Petes 56 Nomad great Steve:tup: I have a little piece of Priors in my lockup. Two 57 chassis horns sawn from a chassis that was up there about 1980ish.. Wish i had took some pictures. Just remembered i have a accelerator pedal rubber cover from there in the Nomad. My Brother found it in one of the Chevys.p.s Great pictures.