Went to the shop this morning and didn't like what I had built. After mounting the tire and looking at the photo I decided it was too tall so I cut 5 inches off the top and used 2x2 across the top.
That was fun. I was getting a little flex with the tire carrier away from the body by pulling on it so installed braces in the back corner frame, and then braced between the bumper and the bolting framework. see pic.
My daughter spent the afternoon grinding on my mistakes and cleaning it up for primer and then primed it. The latching device arrived by ups today so tomorrow I should have it finished and ready to mount the 5 gallon gas can and then work on a basket. I have been informed Sunday is Easter and I better be home to film the Easter egg hunt.
By the way that's not me in the photo. It's another jeep lover who came by to check on things and to help. He's waiting for me to smooth out my mistakes and he'll learn from them and build his in half the time.