Everyone's playing for keeps now; my friends—whom none of us thought were building high-dollar cars—have sold hot rods to Japan for $15,000 to $20,000. Cars with no carpet, windows that have trouble rolling up and heating problems much like mine. It was okay when they were using that money to buy houses, but I remember how the "Kustom Kulture" exhibit on Dutch, Roth and Barris at Laguna Art Museum in '93 seemed like a good idea at the time, too. And here we are. I'm starting to wonder how much longer I'll have the Falcon. Air conditioning would be nice; so would carpet, a radio and a good suspension. So would something new—even if it's a new old car. I wonder if this Ford is really built for the road ahead.