OK... Lot of progress in recent days and a word on the Smittybilt Classic Rock Crawler Rear Bumper with Tire Carrier...if you care.
Here is the latest look at what has gone on before we tackle the bumper issue.
Front axle torqued, new hub additions, shocks, and brakes reattached.
I'm holding out on the tie rod until the engine is mounted to make moving the tires around during the engine hoist maneuvers.
Now, for the bumper. Overall photo side profile.
This shot above shows the bumper, and you can see the attaching support bracket running the top of the last foot of frame.
Here's that bracket front to rear, and you can see the backing plates through the rear crossmember to the bumper.
You will NEVER get these backing plates on with the fuel tank installed. Never. Dremel action was needed for the holes to make them match up better. Goes through the existing rear xmember holes, but in a few spots it was tight. There are four backer plates in the install. They attach to the bumperette holes.
Moving on, we talk more about that bracket on the frame top. This is a *****. Plain language folks. The instructions say to place the bolt through the top of the bracket, into the frame and put a washer and a nut IN the bottom of the frame and attach it to the bolt and tighten. They suggest you tape the nut and washer to a wrench to make install easier, and so you dont loose your washer and nut to oblivion in the frame. My hand shows where they want you to install the nut and washer to meet the bolt and the next photo shows the hole in the bottom of the frame's size ( and the bolt in place ).
A wrench does not fit in the hole, and a socket (3/4) does not fit in the hole. A pair of vice grips, even needle nose grips, do not fit all the way to the top to grab the nut.
What did I do? I put a washer on the bolt, and worked it in kittycorner from the top and held it and then placed the bracket on with an assistant so I didn't drop the bolt which I was holding by the threads, and installed the washer and lock nut. See nut on the top of the bracket here.
Smittybilt is SMOKING CRACK if you are to put a wrench in the bottom and magically balance a nut and washer. I almost got it to work with a magnetic wand, but no way to thread the bolt. Put the bolt in from the top with a washer sideways and when it is in make sure it spans the hole adequately and do what I did.
To tighten, do the best you can with a pry bar from tho bottom holding the head of the bolt and use a 3/4 socket on the nut on the top. I will tack weld the nut to the bolt when I break out the welder next time. I just can't tighten it any more, and it is not spinning and is fairly tight now. Use an assistant and throw away the smittybilt instructions and use common sense.
Secondly, if you are not installing this with the body and fuel tank off, good luck.