Movie Buff Builds Scooby Doo’s ‘Mystery Machine’ Van

Movie Buff Builds Scooby Doo’s ‘Mystery Machine’ Van

January 23, 2020 82 By Kailee Schamberger


JERRY PATRICK: We made a reference we used when customising the Scooby Doo Mystery Machine by, as luck would have it, watching tons of cartoons. COMM: For over ten years AKA Junk has created incredible replicas of TV and movie cars. JERRY PATRICK: This is our Scooby Doo Mystery Machine. We do everything in-house. We do
the paint, the bodywork, the decals, everything’s done right here at our shop. If we walk around,
we try to get it as accurate as we can, cartoon-accurate that is. We come around back and we get to
see Scooby and Shaggy peaking out the back window, looking down. A Scooby Doo tag for
the back handle. JERRY PATY: The famous purple front and back bumpers try to be as cartoon-accurate as we
can. COMM: Owner Jerry first started customising classic cars before moving onto TV and replica
vehicles. Over three months, the team transformed a 1967 Dodge van into this well loved mystery-solving
machine. Every detail was painstakingly planned to match the iconic cartoon. JERRY PATRICK: As we come around to this side of the van, we get to open up the side doors
to reveal the secret compartment inside, it’s rarely shown in the cartoons. We kind of took
some creative liberties on the inside. About a hundred feet of LED lighting and we get
to hang out with the gang on the inside of the van. COMM: And a project this size didn’t come cheap. JERRY PATRICK: I get asked from time to time, how much certain cars cost to build. With
my wife sitting in the other room, I’d hate to say the true figures, so let’s just say
that I have got a stack of paperwork this big on most bills and I don’t ever run a
total on any of it from fear of what my wife might actually say to me. JERRY PATRICK: The biggest challenges of building The Mystery Machine is the sheer size, that’s
a big van. We are talking about doing inside and outside, the roof, the side panels. Overall,
I mean, it’s hard to describe something that’s that enormous to work on. If you
do an older car, you are talking about doing two doors, and this car, this van, has six
doors. So when you take six doors off and have to replace the door rubber, the paint,
the body and do everything, it’s a challenge. It’s a big project to undertake, but it
turns out really really awesome. I mean, I’m a guy that grew up with Scooby Doo, and who wouldn’t want to have a Scooby Doo Mystery Machine?