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Have You Ever Looked At Something And Could FEEL It?: Cold Start

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Yes, yes, I’m late again with the Cold Start. I know! But I had to do some birthday car drawings for members last night and I was tired, dammit, tired, and then I had to take the kid to farm camp this morning and well, here we are, with Cold Start at 9:30. Fine. I’m a monster. But, I’m a monster that looked at this cutaway image of a 1978 Fiat 900T van and felt something. Not something in my heart (I mean, a little, but that’s not my main point here) but something physical. The artist managed to render this so well that there’s a material here that when I look at it, I can actually feel it on my fingertips. Let me show you and you can tell me if you agree.

It’s this bit:

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Those panels over the engine box there, they look like they’re made of this medium density fiberboard stuff they sometimes use on car door cards or other behind-the-scenes paneling, but here there’s something about the painted color and texture that’s just so dead-on and perfect that I can feel the smooth-yet-particulate-ness under my fingertips. I don’t think a photograph would have conveyed this as well, somehow.

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The unnamed artist that rendered this van is an absolute master, and I want them to know, wherever they are, that I appreciate the effort and work here. I can feel those panels, their hardness, slight coldness but less so than the surrounding metal, the way the slightly chamfered edges are a bit rougher, all of it.

Am I the only one here? Am I nuts? Have you ever encountered an image like this, that makes you feel a texture? Answer me, dammit! I need this!

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Jakob K's Garage
Jakob K's Garage
11 months ago

A bit fun how this is just a VW bus rip off, especially with the bodywork around the engine. But it’s fun and sweet 🙂
VW later ripped off the engine top hatch on the T3/Vanagons 😉

And as far as I remember, the 900T was the one with the spare wheel in front of the passenger’s legs? (oh yes, it’s there on the drawing if you look closely!)

Morgan Thomas
Morgan Thomas
11 months ago

I have sat in the driver’s seat of one of those at a local wrecking yard years ago – I can still feel the pain of knees pressed up hard against the dashboard and the crick of a neck bent by a head pressed hard against the roof. I’m 6’1″, but this thing convinced me I was either a giant or it was actually a scaled-down replica of a van, not a real vehicle! By comparison, the Fiat 850 Series II Sport Coupe I owned later seemed very spacious!

Bongo Friendee Harvey Park
Bongo Friendee Harvey Park
11 months ago

Not just feel it, smell it.

Mr Sarcastic
Mr Sarcastic
11 months ago

Torch you are out of it next time take a nap first. Or get Otto to write it he is funny.

Rafael
Rafael
11 months ago

I never saw one of those in the metal, but nevertheless I can smell this material deteriorating on that door over there 😡
Also warping. Those things used to warp and bulge with the humidity from a sneeze…

Jason Roth
Jason Roth
11 months ago

100% with you, Torch.

Goblin
Goblin
11 months ago

For having played in several abandoned ones as a kid – I can vouch that the only artist that did their job here is the one who played with the sliders after scanning the image decades after it was created, because the real one had nothing to do with these colors 😛

What I can still hear, though, is the dry click of the blinker and headlights switches around the steering column.

Last edited 11 months ago by Goblin
Chris with bad opinions
Chris with bad opinions
11 months ago

I can feel that floor. It reminds me of the bed of the truck I spent all kinds of time riding around in as a kid.

Alan Christensen
Alan Christensen
11 months ago

I can feel the rumble and rattle of that perfectly rendered all-metal interior.

Alan Christensen
Alan Christensen
11 months ago

And I can taste the fiberboard hatch covers.

Sklooner
Sklooner
11 months ago

Oddly I can taste it too
sort of nutty with a formaldehyde aftertaste

Phantom Pedal Syndrome
Phantom Pedal Syndrome
11 months ago

Feel it? I can taste it. Damn synesthesia.

TOSSABL
TOSSABL
11 months ago

What I’d like to know more about is the spare tire placement —looks to me like it’s at the passenger’s knees?

Lew Schiller
Lew Schiller
11 months ago
Reply to  TOSSABL

I seem to recall my ’57 Multipla had a similar spare tire placement

MATTinMKE
MATTinMKE
11 months ago

Of course you’re nuts Torch, but you’re not alone. We’re all a bit off here.

Also, those panels make me think of a cork type of substance, I can definitely feel it.

BigOldAndy
BigOldAndy
11 months ago

I had an old pop-up camper that had panels like that to cover the sink; I definitely know that texture. I am impressed by the level of detail on the open door, particularly the reflection on the door and in the mirror. Plus, I really want one of these vans. Love the metal bulkhead with windows and the forward cab.

Canopysaurus
Canopysaurus
11 months ago

Vargas girls pin-ups used to give me feelings.

Flyingstitch
Flyingstitch
11 months ago

I like the jaunty turn of the front wheels. I know its a trope of automotive ad art, but it really works well here. This lil’ van is ready to go as soon as it’s loaded.

Jbavi
Jbavi
11 months ago
Reply to  Flyingstitch

I am feeling like if they load the cement bags all on this side of the van, it might tip over with the wheel turned like that

Jbavi
Jbavi
11 months ago

I can feel the swelling that would occur to that stuff if you left a cold six-pack on there for like 5 minutes on a hot humid day

Are you not entertained?
Are you not entertained?
11 months ago
Reply to  Jbavi

That is in his 2nd draft.

10001010
10001010
11 months ago

Are you nuts? Yes, but that’s why we’re all here.

Lokki
Lokki
11 months ago

Agreed… this is an excellent rendering…For me though, it wasn’t the particle board that conjures up sensation for me….it’s the black, seamless vinyl on the driver’s seat of that un-airconditioned van. I can feel my back soaked with sweat and my legs in shorts sticking to that seat by just looking at it.

NewBalanceExtraWide
NewBalanceExtraWide
11 months ago

Absolutely… Usually, I can smell a picture, but this one does recall that very specific tactile response.

ExAutoJourno
ExAutoJourno
11 months ago

Those panels feel like Mouse Fur to me.

For years the dashboard of every Italian car was bedecked in nonreflective Mouse Fur. Headliners and, sometimes, seats, too.

A nationwide mouse shortage probably ended that craze.

Are you not entertained?
Are you not entertained?
11 months ago
Reply to  ExAutoJourno

After the local mice ran out, they could have taken them from other countries. “Genuine Imported Mouse Fur”. Elegant.

Lokki
Lokki
11 months ago

Interestingly enough, the main source for those upholstery mice hides is a region of the former Soviet Union. It’s their main export, actually although the trade is completely controlled by one former Soviet Colonel. Anyhow, the mice there are called Naygats….

So if you’ve owned a cheap car with mouse-fur upholstery in the last 20 years or so, it was probably just full of the Colonel’s Chechen Naygats…

Last edited 11 months ago by Lokki
TOSSABL
TOSSABL
11 months ago
Reply to  Lokki

Ok, you’ve got your star, now,
g’wan ‘n git th’ hell outa heah!

Gilbert Wham
Gilbert Wham
11 months ago

Ahem. Rich, Corinthian mouse fur.

Are you not entertained?
Are you not entertained?
11 months ago

The artist has an eye for manufactured wood products that, as an art teacher, I never saw in any of my students during “Paint Various Wood Grains” class. I am impressed.

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