View Full Version : Mystery Machine
12-18-2001, 06:27 PM
Here it is! The mystery machine that is in the galley is for sale on E-bay. http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=599336883
I think that its priced a little high though, but it may just be me.
12-18-2001, 08:58 PM
only a couple problems i see with that van
~i have spoken to the guy who made it he's from NEW JERSEY he said he sold it to a guy in danbury,connecticut
the "seller" on e-bay states he got it
in colubus,missouri ?
very interesting mmmmmmmmmmm
also what is it that makes it worth
"buy it now for 9000.00" !
bid to open is 7100.00~
the guy in new jersey said he sold it
for 7300.00 ~
the door jams are not painted they're original peeling orange! that matches green good~ interior has a couple bean bags in the back probly why it cost so much~
i wonder what happens to the spare tire can
on the front when you reach highway speeds?
hold on to your teeth ~
the guy also states the a story about driving it ~same as the story in the link from the gallery who is the guy in NJ ~
i think the guy should tell at least some of the truth ~anyway ~
it's a nice idea for an early~I STOLE IT MYSELF~ for my 69' panel -also not perfect
alot of work,time,materials,some swearing a couple busted knuckles and better color match
i hope mine turns out better VAN~ON
12-19-2001, 10:30 AM
Seems more than a bit pricey. Yeah, and that spare would scare me.
12-19-2001, 11:37 AM
even if the spare isn't in it
i just can't see any support behind it
wobble wobble wobble wobble VAN~ON
12-20-2001, 09:31 PM
OK, here I go- this'll probably piss off some club members, but......
THE MYSTERY MACHINE IS A CARTOON! So it resembles our vans somewhat, big deal. I have enough of a personal identity that I don't have to grab glory by usurping someone else's artwork. But that's just me.
Besides, hasn't anyone ever noticed that the Mystery Machine paint job is just plain ugly?
And hitting something with that spare tire....OUCH! Right Duane?
Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed Scooby the first time around, and find myself standing and watchin when my son has it on TV. It's a fun and kinda silly cartoon. But to base a large portion of your life around it, and then slap a ridiculous price tag of $9000 (!) on it is weird, like in Trekkie weird....oh, don't get me started.....
This rant is brought to you by the commitee to get your butt off the couch and away from the TV.....
12-21-2001, 01:01 AM
Frankly, I think slapping that paint job on an otherwise pretty and unsuspecting van is a crappy thing to do. It's just trying too hard and even if you nail it perfectly, it's a one-trick pony. I much prefer vans I've seen on this site. This guy on e-bay is looking for a first class sucker.
12-21-2001, 04:55 AM
like someone once said~
"theres an a s s for every seat
just gotta find a big enough one"
12-21-2001, 09:47 AM
Your absolutly right Gregg, it would have shoved the nose in another foot at least with a spare hangin off the front. You saw what the front of the doghouse looked like as it was, don't want to even think about it being further shoved back.
I was going to put the spare on a rack like the newer vans, on the back door, but after a short conversation with Gregg, it was decided that it wouldn't be a wise decision to put it there. I work at a body shop and I've see plenty of vans and jimmy's that have been backed into things and, BAM, there goes the door. Not to mention the extra load the hinges would be carrying.
Parts for these vans are just too scarce to play that game
Duane ... Proud owner of a 1970 GMC 108" V-8 Vintage Van
Any ? Email:
12-23-2001, 12:25 PM
Here's a Fraud van of the same nature; http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=599325576
12-23-2001, 04:37 PM
Good Lord, reading the description I could envision the writer clad in plaid polyester, with a generous amount of Brylcreem holding the combover in place.......I'll bet he used to write ad copy for K-Tel....
12-26-2001, 06:03 PM
i got to talk to the guy
who built the 68 chevy mystery machine
he said~he got the spare tire kit from JCwhitney came without the hard cover (got it from a conversion van)also he said
the bracket bolts to the top of the bumper
and has one screw into the sheetmetal under
the window-i didn't have a chance to ask
what happens to your teeth when ya hit 60mph
-one day left on e-bay lets all be orderly
when we all rush in to OPEN the bid for $7100.00!!!!!!!!!!!!
i wonder if he'll take 500.00 in the last hour haha merry xmas / VAN~ON
12-27-2001, 02:24 PM
update- the fraud van pulled in $5504.00 !
but didn't meet his reserve -don't know what that guy is holding out for -i think that much is a GIFT! ~~~~~~the chevy has no bids
and ends today also ~things that make ya go mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm VAN~ON
12-27-2001, 06:33 PM
I think the owners of both the Chevy and the Ford were hoping to really capture someone with the recent resurgence due to the movie. Although they likely have a bit of money in each, I think they would have taken nearly half the asking price on this day two years ago...or on this day next year for that matter.
The only people I know of that would (and have) spent that much on an early are on this board. If I had the cash, I'd spend $7000+ on an early, but not one painted like the Mystery Machine. I'm not condemning the idea mind you, it's just not for me.
12-27-2001, 07:09 PM
I've knocked the Mystery Machine around a LOT, and with good reason I feel, but I do not discriminate. I don't care for "Dukes" Chargers, "Starsky" Torinos, "Bullitt" Mustangs, thankfully nobody copied the Knight Rider Firebird...At least the "Smokey and the Bandit" T/A's were factory paint jobs. If, as some psychologist like to say, your car is an extension of yourself (NOT a body part extension, thank you) and you must copy someone else, does that mean you do not exist? Be yourself, it's the only thing you can do that no one can say you're doing wrong.
12-27-2001, 07:22 PM
my buddy had amc javelin that was painted some nasty green and he sure was unable to sell that thing.but once that infamous $29.95 earl scheib (black paint job was applied) people were fighting over that javelin and actually offered him more then he was asking.point being paint it red,black or blue and your odds of selling go up dramatically regardless of the make of car/van being sold.
12-27-2001, 07:50 PM
when i got my 69' 90
it was in some sad shape every door was shot dented and wrinkled
it had no grill,bald mismatched tires,
it was brush painted a few times in a few colors,the roof had steam pipe racks and TWO crappy sunroofs that made the roof leak,and to top it all off the damm hippies that once owned it stuck the FUGLIEST orange shag to every surface inside with some of the meanest brushed on glue i've ever seen~
sounds great so far huh well after a closer look i find it's got new brakes,drums,wheel cyl,lines everything was done then i heard it run~perfect! no tick no backfire no smoke
looked clean in the filler hole etc and it came with a new clutch in it too -it goes &it stops SOLD i would worry about the rest later that was back in july and now after 5 months of scraping,replacing,welding,filling,
stripping,wiring and a bunch of swearing i can honestly say IT'S FEELING MUCH BETTER NOW -painted the roof on monday with white enamel like they came from the factory i've been tossed up with the idea of doing my van like the mystery machine~from the people who have seen what i'm doing some say"wow cool idea"
while another said"is there a demand for mystery machines?" and looked at me like i was nuts - i'm getting ready to do the rest of the paint below the roof line and have all the paint to do the mystery machine
but i have a feeling when i see it in the first overall color (miami blue) i won't want to add 3 more colors ontop of it
the barn doors are gone/panel on both sides
thinking some really cool airbrush work may make it more desirable than a mystery machine
~also as for making any cash for having the mystery machine -can't be done unless you get permission from hanna-barbara and the cartoon network -so birthday party rentals and buinness promotions are out of the question -the only money made would be it's sale price if ~one were lucky enough to make more than they spend~
painting again ths weekend i guess i'll know then VAN~ON
12-31-2001, 08:56 AM
about a year ago a friend of mine gave me one of thoes light bars like the knight rider car.he got it from jc whitney,but when he put it on his car the cops pulled him over and said he couldent use it cause it looked like an emergency veihcle (or something dumb like that)
anyway,i gave it to my brother in law for his drag car,but i dont think he ever got around to mounting it........darnit,now that stupid "do-do-do-do"theme music is going through my head (LOL)
i thought the "starsky"torinos was a factory stripe?i could be wrong
as far as the scooby van thing goes,its realy intresting how a cartoon van seems to be imbeded in so many peoples minds.my van is no show car(though im working on the interior...slowly)its primer grey,has an unimpressive 6 cyl.but ive met people who are facinated by it for 1 of 3 reasons
(1)its rare....not many around
(2) thares an actual full sise motor between them seats
(3)it reminds them of the mystery machine,some of them dont even remember the name or the cartoon,ive had folks say"your van reminds me of a cartoon my kids used to watch"big smiles come across their faces when i say"yea,the mystey machene from scooby doo"
so love it or hate it,in my mind,the scooby thing is a part of the vans charm
01-01-2002, 07:31 AM
happy new year all
he's giving it another try
it didn't sell last year maybe this year
[This message has been edited by leadfoot (edited January 01, 2002).]
01-01-2002, 06:39 PM
ow I'm going to rip on E-Bay a little....Well, not E-Bay itself, but the people that try to get outrageous money for old junk. Realistically, old vans (ANY old vans) are not worth what, say, 69 Camaros or Road Runners, or even Mustangs are worth. Why? Balls. Musclecars make a statement about the owner. The owner feels his car says he's fast and cool, the girl walking down the street feels his car makes him a self-indulgent jerk. Both are strong feelings. Old vans are either associated with old pothead hippies, or cartoons, or plumbers. (Sorry to club members who are plumbers, but they are a good work truck- as they are designed to be).
Back to E-Bay.....I see stuff on there that is NEW and can be bought in the store for less than on E-Bay. It's one stop greed.
01-01-2002, 08:22 PM
i think the worst part of this guy on e-bay
aside that he paid 7300 for it and wants 9000
is -if you click on the same one in the gallery the person who sold it to him tells the same story about the van
at least come up with a new story
and it's only a persisitant attempt at greed
no bids yet
01-02-2002, 03:09 PM
Double Edged sword. On one hand, guys like this driving up the "value" of our vans means that we can justify the money and time spent on them easier, and the possibility of resto companies taking notice.....On the other hand, these vans (and parts) are already scarce, and those of us who appreciate them will get priced out of the market by the fast buck artists http://www.vcvc.org/ubb/tongue.gif who just want to make a killing on the latest hot thing.
01-02-2002, 06:30 PM
That's where you are supposed to buy every one you can get your hands on! I need to buy a warehouse http://www.vcvc.org/ubb/frown.gif
01-02-2002, 06:39 PM
LOAN FIRST then warehouse
and then we'll have to call you Roger II
01-03-2002, 01:38 PM
Well, since I am officially now a two '69 Chevy van family, I am running out of space too. I plan to move out to the country in a few years, but right now I have to shift vehicals every few days and I am out of room in my driveway. The vehicals that live here with us include the two '69 108s, a Ford Aerostar, Ford Escort, Jeep Cherokee, two Toyota Camrys, Toyota Pickup, not to mention the pop-up camper and the untility trailer...sigh....elbow room cried Daniel Boone. Good news is my honey went with me to get the new '69 van and hasn't fussed at me yet. She understands my love. We still have one kid that will be getting a DL in a few months and we will have to add another vehical for him...lol...my neighbors must love me.
01-04-2002, 12:29 PM
i have a cousin that bought an 84 s-10 for 400$ he monoleafed it,cut the coil springs, cut the exhaust off, and i painted flames on it with masking tape, a marker, newspaper, an exacto knife and spray paint, we took it to a busy intersection, and within an hour 18 people asked about it and the last one gave him 750$. i had a junk three wheeler that had been thrashed and didnt run. i sprayed it black and put some flames on it and within 15 minutes i got 50$ for it you wouldent believe what detailing and cleaning tires can do, so i say he just get a 200$ maaco spray job. i think he could get five grand then.
01-04-2002, 03:01 PM
looks like i'm goin with the patriot look
red white and blue with stars like a flag
i figure there are more patriotic people than scooby doo fans so -i quess thats the way it's goin to be-VAN~ON
01-07-2002, 11:41 AM
looks like no sale for the mystery machine-
i tried to contact the seller
asking what happens to the spare at highway speeds also inquiring on any rust
he replied only with-"interested?"
i replied back -"i was but you havn't answered my questions" no reply back http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=599775690
ends today maybe he'll try again
01-07-2002, 03:08 PM
The more I look at this thing, the dumber it is... At least no one bit on it.
01-07-2002, 04:16 PM
my thoughts exactly
just couldn't find an *** big enough
to fit in the seat
glad i'm not doin the scooby theme
red white and blue is looking better and better
[This message has been edited by leadfoot (edited January 07, 2002).]
01-14-2002, 09:36 AM
if you must have a scooby van.....buy a nice early for "say about $2000",spend another $1000 on the paint job,TADAAAAA
or better yet,paint it cool and put up with all the folks who say you shoulda painted it like the scooby van (LOL)
that shure is alot of money for a van.....i could build 3 super nice ones for that much.
oh well,good luck to the man,and good luck to the person who buys it
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