A real, live, working car for a total investment of $1. No freebies either. About a year ago I met a nice girl and we started dating, and I pitched an idea at her. I said we'd start with $1 and she'd buy something to resell, with the idea that we could build that one dollar into a car. In October 2012 we settled on an old pressed tin Tonka Jeep from a local thrift shop. It ended up selling for $9 on eBay, and after some fees, she had about a $6 profit to re-invest. That got spent on some more cheapie thrift store junk and a lucky score of old cabinet hardware that brought in some nice profit, and by the time swap meet season rolled around in spring, she had a decent nest egg to work with. This was the haul we brought in from Spring Jefferson swap meet. After reselling the majority of this stuff, the right car came along, a 51 Chevy 2 door sedan for $1000. Luckily, the proceeds from the Jefferson haul was enough to pay for the car with enough left over to re-invest at the Iola swap meet. Here's the car as-purchased on the day we brought it home. Then we made a list of stuff that the car needed, and headed out to the Iola swap meet for some more resale investments and some parts for the car. The two highest priority items were fender skirts and a rear bumper, and she ended up finding a pair of the correct skirts for $5 and a rear bumper for $10. She couldn't have gotten luckier at the swap meet, we had to make 5 trips back to the car with full carts from all of our purchases. We've been working on the car in the meantime, the straight 6 runs good and the brakes are all working thanks to a friend who stepped up to help out on the mechanical end of things, which I'm terrible at. The car came with some chrome wheels which cleaned up nice, and we made some wide whitewalls using my infamous Snow-Seal method. We cut up a set of '55 Buick side trim to run on the car and now we're trying to figure out the paint scheme and stance. I showed her quite a few pics of custom cars of the era, she likes skirts and taildragger stance, and she wants the car to be two tone green. Just not sure if the car should be all light green with dark inside the Buick trim (like the Hirohata Mercury), or if the top of the roof should be dark green to match the cove, or if the car should be mostly dark green with the ligher color on the roof and cove. This is a pic we took of the car as it stands today, with the trim mocked up on it with tape. Hoping to get some photoshop advice on colors and stance so we have a blueprint to work off of. I'll post this pic up in the photoshop thread as well. And I'll add a bunch more pics and info on the car and I'll update it as the build progresses , just wanted to start this up as a build thread and hopefully get some photoshop advice and feedback on the project.