It takes dedication, determination, and unvarnished stubbornness to finish a major truck build, especially when you're a full-time fabricator during the day. Jesse Nelson of JD Fabrication started off by buying the 1996 Chevy 1500 2WD on the cheap from a friend. It was built during evenings and on weekends. The initial plans described an easy, mild build, but one thing led to another, until Jesse ended up with the masterpiece he drives today. The back half of the frame was chopped off so Jesse could re-configure the rear suspension as a linked system that features plenty of bump travel. Up front, you'll find a custom A-arm system guided by a production steering box that connects to a custom sliding centerlink. Everything works on this truck, with one notable exception: the Auto Meter clock is permanently set at 5 o'clock. No matter what time it is on the outside, it's always 5 o'clock on the inside. Building the truck was a huge effort, and Jesse made it that much more intense by TIG welding the whole thing. He's happy with the Chevy, but comments, “Never again!” Since this truck was done once and done right, Nelson won't need to.