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UK Motorcycle Scrap Yards?
« on: 21 September 2017, 01:27:37 PM »
Hi all,

Does anyone know of any scrap yards in the UK that specialise in bikes? Preferably the old school type, that let you wander round and have a look at the stock, rather than call up and ask for a specific part/bike.

These days health and safety might have put a stop to it? 

Any input welcome

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Re: UK Motorcycle Scrap Yards?
« Reply #1 on: 21 September 2017, 03:12:09 PM »
There are loads of bike breakers around but I have never seen one where you could wander around unless you count auto-jumbles :pokefun
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Re: UK Motorcycle Scrap Yards?
« Reply #2 on: 21 September 2017, 03:29:12 PM »
Hi all,

Does anyone know of any scrap yards in the UK that specialise in bikes? Preferably the old school type, that let you wander round and have a look at the stock, rather than call up and ask for a specific part/bike.

These days health and safety might have put a stop to it? 

Any input welcome

Cheers,

James


The days of the wander around scrappies are long gone, no more climbing over cars stacked 3 high to get the window winder handle from that Morris Mariner or dynamo from the Austin Allegro.
Those days you could keep looking until you found the one in best condition, now you have what your given.
Health & Safety huh! I wonder how many people died in scrappies with cars falling on them.  :eek


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Re: UK Motorcycle Scrap Yards?
« Reply #3 on: 21 September 2017, 03:51:54 PM »

The days of the wander around scrappies are long gone, no more climbing over cars stacked 3 high to get the window winder handle from that Morris Mariner or dynamo from the Austin Allegro.

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Re: UK Motorcycle Scrap Yards?
« Reply #4 on: 21 September 2017, 04:13:18 PM »
we still have one or two up my way that allow you to go a wandering (couple of years since last been)
but i did know the lads who worked there so that might have helped me in that respect
-there is nothing like being covered in grease and stopping for a brew and a fag sitting in the back of a limo (im not joking this really happened)


i have never seen anything in the uk for bikes im guessing you mean like in grease 2 (in infamous breakers yard)
it still happens in america where land is cheap but over here bike breakers have to work differently part H+S and part high overheads that need covered
- i think berties bike breakers in chorley you can have a walk around and see what is waiting to be broken up.
best bet is just find one near by and go have a look what they have in

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Re: UK Motorcycle Scrap Yards?
« Reply #5 on: 21 September 2017, 04:36:33 PM »
Used to love that in the scrappies looking for parts on scrapped cars that wre better than the one I was driving, climbing stacked 3-4 high. Near me there was a whole line of them divided each by a wall, one time we were merrily climbing along the top and without knowing had passed into another yard and down to the ground level but that yard was shut and so the Rottweiler was out loose, luckily we could climb cars quicker than he could
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Re: UK Motorcycle Scrap Yards?
« Reply #6 on: 21 September 2017, 05:20:15 PM »
Plenty of free breakers online to ask for whatever you need, just make sure you say you only want replies by email or every bugger phones you up.
Is there something specific you need, maybe people on here could help?
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Re: UK Motorcycle Scrap Yards?
« Reply #7 on: 21 September 2017, 07:45:45 PM »
I remember climbing up to a scrapped Allegro to take off a door handle. Breaking it. Quietly checking nobody had noticed, and moving on to the next scrapped Allegro. Those were the days :-)

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Re: UK Motorcycle Scrap Yards?
« Reply #8 on: 21 September 2017, 08:55:07 PM »
I remember climbing up to a scrapped Allegro to take off a door handle. Breaking it. Quietly checking nobody had noticed, and moving on to the next scrapped Allegro. Those were the days :-)


Ha ha! been there and also walking off with a pocket full of bulbs, bulb holders and fuses and any other small items that could be concealed easily.   

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Re: UK Motorcycle Scrap Yards?
« Reply #9 on: 21 September 2017, 10:45:07 PM »
I remember climbing up to a scrapped Allegro to take off a door handle. Breaking it. Quietly checking nobody had noticed, and moving on to the next scrapped Allegro. Those were the days :-)


Ha ha! been there and also walking off with a pocket full of bulbs, bulb holders and fuses and any other small items that could be concealed easily.


I always used to open the boot and have a rummage, any tools I found used to go in my pockets.

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Re: UK Motorcycle Scrap Yards?
« Reply #10 on: 21 September 2017, 11:45:22 PM »
we all used to fill our pockets with those little bits and declare the large bits (look after the pennies and the pounds can go on beer)

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Re: UK Motorcycle Scrap Yards?
« Reply #11 on: 22 September 2017, 09:49:04 AM »
Thanks all!  Nice bit of nostalgia.



It was a long shot these days, i was remembering the days of 20 years ago, as a kid going round the scrappies with my dad, bag of tools and a pocket full of badges i collected off bonnets!


Shame, but as pointed out above, climbing over cars stacked 3 high and swaying in the wind probably wasn't all that safe in hindsight.


I was really looking for a complete USD front end, thinking it would make a great winter project, for me and my old man to get stiuck into.


Has anyone on here has collected all the parts then come to there senses and thought better of it???


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Re: UK Motorcycle Scrap Yards?
« Reply #12 on: 22 September 2017, 10:25:30 AM »
My local car scrap yard still stacks them two high in places but all the expensive, useful parts are removed by their guys before the car reaches the yard.
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Re: UK Motorcycle Scrap Yards?
« Reply #13 on: 22 September 2017, 10:53:34 AM »
But those " good ol' days " were before the internet became mainstream. The scrapyards were dependant on that physical presence, where the punter had to rummage around to find what they wanted.

These days, the scrapyard doesn't even need to open it's doors. They can strip, then shift all their wares online (ebay / amazon / gumtree etc).

This actually suits us much better too! We no longer have to spend our Sundays driving from one yard to the next, getting our hands dirty, to find that one gem we were looking for (possibly coming home empty handed). We can compare MANY parts online (on the sites mentioned), then bid to buy what suits us best - pick and choose. It's become a buyers market.

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Re: UK Motorcycle Scrap Yards?
« Reply #14 on: 22 September 2017, 11:04:57 AM »

You make a fair point F4celess, but it doesn't half take the fun out of it!

But those " good ol' days " were before the internet became mainstream. The scrapyards were dependant on that physical presence, where the punter had to rummage around to find what they wanted.

These days, the scrapyard doesn't even need to open it's doors. They can strip, then shift all their wares online (ebay / amazon / gumtree etc).

This actually suits us much better too! We no longer have to spend our Sundays driving from one yard to the next, getting our hands dirty, to find that one gem we were looking for (possibly coming home empty handed). We can compare MANY parts online (on the sites mentioned), then bid to buy what suits us best - pick and choose. It's become a buyers market.
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« Reply #15 on: 22 September 2017, 11:33:09 AM »

You make a fair point F4celess, but it doesn't half take the fun out of it!


Do totally agree with this too.

Just like in those days, as kids, we'd be out on the streets with our friends. On our bikes / playing football / making swings&camps in the woods, all day long.
Walk back in the door when it started getting dark....

These days, that just doesn't happen. Times have changed.  :rolleyes

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« Reply #16 on: 22 September 2017, 12:00:40 PM »
Thanks all!  Nice bit of nostalgia.



It was a long shot these days, i was remembering the days of 20 years ago, as a kid going round the scrappies with my dad, bag of tools and a pocket full of badges i collected off bonnets!


Shame, but as pointed out above, climbing over cars stacked 3 high and swaying in the wind probably wasn't all that safe in hindsight.


I was really looking for a complete USD front end, thinking it would make a great winter project, for me and my old man to get stiuck into.


Has anyone on here has collected all the parts then come to there senses and thought better of it???


Cheers,


James


We used to get incomplete USD front ends, back ends and even some on their sides. :lol but no motorcycle parts

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« Reply #17 on: 22 September 2017, 05:00:41 PM »

a lot of the problem was the oil , diesel , petrol, brake fluid etc,  contamamating the ground.

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Re: UK Motorcycle Scrap Yards?
« Reply #18 on: 22 September 2017, 06:49:53 PM »
Our local scrappys still let you look around.  I went to one the other day looking for a motor for my driver's door electric window, there I was balanced 3 cars high taking a door apart only for it to be the wrong motor, turns out there is a difference between and 3 and 5 door motor for a Ford Fiesta, next came the biggest stroke of luck ever.....


We had been told the car I looked at was the only Mk6 fiesta, then as we were leaving I saw a 3 door (again 3 cars up).  I climbed up, opened the door and it had been totally stripped, my heart sank, then I looked in the driver's footwell and there it was, a motor, nothing else, just the motor I needed!  What's the chances?  £20....... bargain!


It's on the car and works perfectly, love a scrappy!
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« Reply #19 on: 22 September 2017, 10:12:58 PM »
Our local scrappys still let you look around.  I went to one the other day looking for a motor for my driver's door electric window, there I was balanced 3 cars high taking a door apart only for it to be the wrong motor, turns out there is a difference between and 3 and 5 door motor for a Ford Fiesta, next came the biggest stroke of luck ever.....


We had been told the car I looked at was the only Mk6 fiesta, then as we were leaving I saw a 3 door (again 3 cars up).  I climbed up, opened the door and it had been totally stripped, my heart sank, then I looked in the driver's footwell and there it was, a motor, nothing else, just the motor I needed!  What's the chances?  £20....... bargain!


It's on the car and works perfectly, love a scrappy!


Sounds a fairytale!
- A scrapyard that still lets you hunt around
- Finding the one part you needed, right there (while everything else was gone), extracted, on the floor.


Hopefully you bought a lottery ticket that evening too? :)

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Re: UK Motorcycle Scrap Yards?
« Reply #20 on: 25 September 2017, 02:46:01 PM »
this place just down the road from me still has them stacked 2 up,
and as its only bit further on to banger racing its popular most days of the week!

but its only cars.. not seen anything for bikes for years!


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Re: UK Motorcycle Scrap Yards?
« Reply #21 on: 25 September 2017, 04:31:42 PM »
I remember climbing up to a scrapped Allegro to take off a door handle. Breaking it. Quietly checking nobody had noticed, and moving on to the next scrapped Allegro. Those were the days :-)


Ha ha! been there and also walking off with a pocket full of bulbs, bulb holders and fuses and any other small items that could be concealed easily.


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« Reply #22 on: 25 September 2017, 04:35:50 PM »
Not a bad scrappy round my way, cars are on racks up to 5 high - turns a blind eye to you climbing 2 cars high but forklifts higher ones down for you to work on. Still get to rummage & pillage  :thumbup


As for bike yards I've never seen a dedicated one - think it's an online search for "breaking Fazer 600" etc.
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« Reply #23 on: 25 September 2017, 08:18:27 PM »
I remember Terry a mate of mine going into a car scrappie years ago and asking how much it would cost for a silver Ford Corsair passenger side door, the guy said 15 quid Terry said I will take it, the guys said you can't cos I do not have any in stock, but that's how much it would be.


So Terry moved onto the next scrappie at Farnborough and asked the same question and the guys said yep we got two in so you can choose, Terry picked one and the guy said that will be 35 quid.
Terry said WHAT! the scrappie on the Guildford Road said they are only 15 quid, the guy said well go buy one from him then, Terry replied he hasn't got any in stock, the guy replied funny that cos mine are only 15 quid when I don't have any in stock.         
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« Reply #24 on: 25 September 2017, 08:34:22 PM »
I remember climbing up to a scrapped Allegro to take off a door handle. Breaking it. Quietly checking nobody had noticed, and moving on to the next scrapped Allegro. Those were the days :-)

I've owned 2  Allegro's and the one thing that pleases me is the thought that the majority of them have been scraped many years ago.  I too spent many weekends at the scrappies trying to keep my heap of junk going.

There used to be a couple of bike breakers where they had bikes lined up ready for breaking.  I even bought a few to put back on the road but all those places are long gone. Best places are forums or flea Bay.