Do you have access to another (Linux) system, so that you can manipulate the image and the card? If so, you should be able to do get something working, by brute force if nothing else.
P.S. It just occurred to me that if you have a Windows system, you could get the QEMU emulation going, and then do it cleanly. By "It", I mean remove packages, then resize (downwards) the image. Then, once the image is the right size (like the trees in Michigan), you can write it out to your 1G SD card.
And some folks need to stop being fanboys and see the forest behind the trees.
(One of the best lines I've seen on this board lately)