If you can, visit Willets Point. You won't find anywhere else like it in the First World. It's despairing and inspiring; a puzzle that can't be solved. But, most of all, it's impossible.
It shouldn't exist, and soon won't. And in this precarious, medieval car quarter - where utility is the architect and aspiration - nor should Felix's car. The Thunderbird is superfluous, incongruous respite here, where everyone is struggling with poverty, addiction, uncertainty, or all three.
"I'll wait until the last day of the deadline before I leave," Felix says. "I have my customers here, and they all know me. It's stressful, but if I need another distraction, maybe I'll fix up another car. You can build good things here."
This story initially appeared in the June 2014 issue of Top Gear magazine.