Thanks for the input. The cross member is welded in, braced up to the both upper link mounts which are welded to 4" x 8" scab plates. You can see some one of the braces in the picture that shows it welded in. I will tie the bottom of the cross member to the bottom of the frame rail, thank for that input, and also brace the front of the cross member with two more pieces of tube and scab plates.
Here are the U-bolts flip plates painted and installed. Thanks Big J for making the bottom plates. Got the U-bolts made at Springs Menders in Norfolk, walked in told them what I wanted and 10 mins later had them in my hand.
End of week update. Got quite a bit of the rear suspension mocked up and in place. Just need to final weld it together. Had to narrow up the back area to get more up travel. Also need to rework the passenger side spring mount bar.
Fabricated the taillight panels today. Outside holes for brake lights, middle holes for turn signals, and the inside holes for the reverse lights. The lights we're using are Napa 2" round trailer lights.
I'm not really concerned with the spare mount. All the mount really does is hold the tire in place. The weight of the tire and wheel is resting on the "frame". What concerns do you have?
It is a Model 20 with the Warn full floater hubs and shafts. The truss helps with the tubes twisting. After everything is set up I'm going to brace up between the truss and spring mounts. Unless someone happens to have a SJ rear Model 20 housing it is there for the time being. Anyone?!?!