Well I didn't take hardly any pictures cause Im a dummy but I got some more work done on the Jeep this afternoon.
I got the patch completed for the other side of the tailgate. So aside from a little work to fix some dents the tailgate is pretty much done.
I also got the tailgate mounted to the body.
The first thing I did was to fit the tailgate to the tub with the hinges attached. I marked the tub with a sharpie to drill the holes to mount the hinges. And drilled them out.
Then I used the plasma cutter to cut a flap out of the underside of the tub up in behind where I would be mounting the hinges. I then built 2 support pieces that were 7" long and 3" tall out of some left over 3/16 scrap. I held these up in behind where they would be and marked the holes from the outside with a sharpie. I drilled these out.
Then I welded a nut on the back side of each support piece. gave them a quick shot of paint to minimize rust and mounted it all together.
I had predrilled a couple of holes outside of where the hinges would sit to tack the panel into place once it was all bolted up.
This is what I ended up with.
I also folded the flap back over on the back side and welded it back together. I still have to weld a tab in place inside the tub to make the tailgate latch securely.
I have a little bit of work to do on the body mounts on the back side of the tub and then it will be ready to be welded to the front part of the tub. I am hopeful that I will get that done this weekend!