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Mystery Machine Van
Isaac Howser, Mason Uhing and Kory Bourek acquired an old school van for $150 and transformed it into the Mystery Machine from the Scooby Doo cartoons. They had hoped to take the van to prom.

Teens bring Mystery Machine to life

by Nathan Arneal
Published 6/24/20

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They haven’t pulled the masks off of any monsters yet, but a trio of local 17-year-olds have been spotted cruising around the area in the Mystery Machine.

Mason Uhing’s dad got the old school van for $150 and an idea was born.

“We wanted a cool vehicle for prom,” Uhing said. “We didn’t end up having prom, but we were in the middle of building it, so we figured we needed just a fun vehicle.”

When you think of famous vans, there’s really only two directions you could go when picking a recognizable theme: The A-Team van or the Mystery Machine.

Uhing decided to go with the Mystery Machine, the psychedelic van made famous in the cartoon Scooby-Doo, Where are You?, which debuted in 1969. The show featured four teens and a Great Dane named Scooby-Doo solving mysteries.

Uhing got the van in February and mentioned it in geometry class to Isaac Howser, a fellow NBC junior at the time. A few days later, Howser came over to help.

“I think he just wanted me for labor,” Howser joked.

Obviously, the van would need a bumpin’ sound system, so Uhing brought in his friend Kory Bourek for his audio expertise.

None of the three claim to have been big Scooby-Doo fans before this all started.

“I’ve watched it before,” said Howser while wearing a Mystery Machine T-shirt, “but I wasn’t really big into it until we built the van.”

It took about a month’s worth of work in the evenings to transform the exterior. None of the three had any experience at painting a vehicle.

“We took the easy way,” Uhing said. “We didn’t sand the old paint off or anything. We just threw a coat of primer on, then threw the color coats on.”

For paint, they used regular house paint. It turned out to be way too thick for the air gun they were trying to use, so rollers and paint brushes it was.


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