It's not a money thing. We're poor as church mice down here. That ambulance was $750 and the guy who owns it is a college student so it's not like he's got much to throw at it. Just like with lots of things in life, you can do it the right way, the easy way, or the cheap way but not all three. In this case, easy was obviously out of the question...
No matter what it is you are looking at, if you set your mind to it, there is generally a way to pull it off. You just have to be persistent and not give up.