• Mar 22nd 2011 at 8:28PM
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1975 International 150 pickup rendering by Autemo – Click above for high-res image gallery

The resurrection of my International Harvester 150 pickup is moving along at a pace that could be described as somewhere between glacial and imperceptible. That's especially curious considering that the hulk has a rather ravenous appetite for time and money that's only eclipsed by its affinity for defecating disappointment all over the garage floor. Needless to say, any time I look at the big IH right now, I'm filled with sensations typically associated with ipecac.

And homicide.

So when the good folks at Autemo offered to take a crack at rendering the butternut millstone into something close to my ultimate vision for the project, I was a little skeptical. It wasn't that I doubted the site's skills. Autemo is a gateway between enthusiasts and a global network of artists with a similar passion for vehicles. If you've got a laundry list of modifications in mind, the crew at Autemo can render them into photo-realistic images in a hurry so that you know exactly what they look like before you spend buckets of cash on parts. So far, the site has served up designs to over 250 clients.

But I'm a man of meager goals, especially when it comes down to this truck. The simple fact is that I'd pawn an organ or three just to be able to pilot the beast across town without having to worry about careening into oncoming traffic, erupting into a fireball or, most dreaded of all, have to be towed home by an inferior model pickup.

There is no greater shame.

That's not to say that I don't have a vision for what I'd do with the machine if I had more money than sense. Jack Davies, the marketing manager of Autemo, urged me test his rendering abilities with whatever wants I could dream up no matter how specific. I set aside a solid afternoon for daydreaming and got to work.

Continue reading Autemo gives the '75 International 150 pickup the rendering treatment...

Photos copyright ©2010 Zach Bowman / AOL

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Renderings by Autemo.com

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I hit Davies with an email that must have read like an obsessive compulsive's grocery list. Aside from generic wants like banishing dents, dings and rust, I specified details down to exactly which vintage International Harvester cab lights I wanted.

Drunk with possibilities, I demanded the following:

* Delete the gaudy aluminum body molding
* Black spray-in bed liner
* Sandstorm Tan paint borrowed from the Toyota FJ Cruiser
* Modest 3-inch lift
* Black the bumpers
* A pair of Hella model 500 lamps in the front bumper
* International Emblem in the front grille
* Sliding rear glass window
* California-style side-view mirrors
* Five vintage IH cab lights
* Black ladder/material rack
* A rearview mirror
* 31x10.50 BFGoodrich KM2 rubber

I supplemented the request with a basketful of images sourced from Google Image searches to give Davies an idea of what I was rambling about, and within a day I was supplied with the mouth-watering truck you see above. How's that for hotness? For comparison's sake, let's take a look at how the truck stood in November of last year.

All bow before the power of Photoshop.

Davies says that a typical rendering like the one for the IH will set you back around $150, which seems plenty reasonable to me. After laying eyes on the slicked-over view of the truck, I was finally able to muster up the gumption to dive into rebuilding the front axle last weekend. It's funny what a little motivation will do for you.

If you feel a little skittish about handing over a stack of dollar bills so that someone else can bring your vision for your vehicle to screen, don't be. Autemo has a satisfaction guaranteed policy, and each rendering comes with multiple stages of work-in-progress design so that owners can tweak anything they don't like. If for whatever reason you don't dig what you see, you can have every last copper cent of your hard-earned money back.

You can check out exactly what the artists at Autemo can pull off when they aren't hindered by having to work with an ugly pickup truck by taking a peek at a gallery of some of the artists' more outrageous renderings, or hop over to the company's site for more information. If you think you've got what it takes to perform similar miracles, you can even sign up to become an Autemo artist and get paid for your work.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      Semi-gloss black hood would bada$$ it out.
      • 4 Years Ago
      danm this thing looks cool i want to get one cheap fr restore now XD what i need to look in wiki what engine this thing use ............... i love these old kick ass rides
      • 4 Years Ago
      I dig it! I would love to see a Navistar DT466 shoehorned into that baby.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh the memories!!!! Back in the late 1970's, when I was climbing trees and preventing Dutch Elm Disease in Elmhurst, IL, my apprentice and I had the 'privilege' of using the same truck. It was part angel part beast.

      So much so that we would often find ourselves suddenly drifting powerless in traffic as the column manual shift linkage would disengage - inside the engine bay - so up goes the hood and - out came the rubber mallet to pound it back into place. Overnite, the Public Works garage would 'fix' it, and the next day the beast would return.......but ah, the memories!!!! That's a nice rendering, hope it happens!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      When I bought my J-Truck nearly a decade ago, I was kind of in the same boat. But I did manage to drive it home 250 miles on rotten tires, only 2nd and 4th gears, and carb issues that made it so that I had to keep it above 2k rpm to keep it running. It took a little while to get it into daily driver material.

      The rendering came out nice (minus that rear spring placement). Its certainly something to dream about reaching some day :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looking good!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Strange marriages are consumated in the name of sentiment.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I pretty much forgot about this endeavor, but the work looks good and I hope it has given you some inspiration to get it done. Worst case, I figure it is making you feel horrible for knowing that achieving that level of finish will be difficult.

      Thanks, I am off to dreaming about resto-modded Volvo 122 Wagons because that is what 20'somethings do right?
      • 4 Years Ago
      That old IH looks like it would be a fun truck to build. Since I'm a Mopar guy I've always wanted to build an old Dodge Powerwagon. Those things are awesome.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I had a 76 Scout II. I bought it from a friend for $900 who told me, "It only needs a battery and the starter (which was in the back seat) to be installed." One towed round trip later, my only result was a confused mechanic and the feeling I'd been duped. Found through the web, a Scout engine guy and upgraded from the 4pot to the 345. On it's maiden drive, 40 minutes into the 50 minute drive home, it broke down on the 101!
      I have about a dozen stories like this... until I found this guy in Silverlake (LA, CA area) who is an IH guru. His father, who still hangs around the shop, worked in the IH factory on the line. Honest & affordable... unless you absolutely have to do the work yourself, I highly recommend. Sure, you'll schedule appointments regularly, but the Scout will make it there 9 out of 10 times!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why are there coil springs on the rear axle?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Pfft.... Why are their coil springs on this at all????
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed, and why is it that both front and rear coils, if followed to their logical lower mount, are mounted somewhere inside the wheel? (i.e. not physically possible.)

        I once put extremely visible, unrealistically placed, coils in the wheel wells of every rendering I created - I was in elementary school.

        The rendering gives an idea, for certain, but good Photoshop work it is not. I know many, myself included, who can render more convincingly and more accurately than this.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's more a case of in the rendering industry, especially the vehicle branch, for something like this where a list of modifications/specifications have been listen; the priority is not photo realism. We lean more towards giving the client a general idea of how things will look ensuring that they're not squinting saying; "Was what I asked for added?"

      • 4 Years Ago
      If you wanted to make the ladder rack even more stable, you could connect it to the passenger side of the bed.
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