I went to a fab shop & a guy welded larger square tube to a flat bar stock, rounded corners, drilled holes, all per my directions. The flat plate is nearly twice as wide as the larger square tube and it anchors solidly the length of the large tube.
I was going to go for aluminum as I could work with that; the tech guy had steel scraps that were far better in this use. Will outlast the gate most likely.
Sucker was fast and did it all in less than 10 minutes. We started with "$2.50" for the scrap metal, he basically had a few minutes break, I was out of there in less than 15. Gave him a decent wad of $1s in my pocket.
No chance of the 6 welds breaking. Whether the metal screws into the tail gate hold is my question. So far no problem.
Despite "being CAREFUL" I got an idiot mark above the last hole on the left where my bit suddenly tried to run for it.
Gotta touch that up.
Shot the entire unit with Camo rattle can from Wally World, had left over from doing my Bantam.
Looking for the right size rubber bumper of the small end slider tube.
Fun project that actually worked out!!!
get in--buckle up--hang on
"soothing agricultural implement/personal servant/Walter Mitty multidimensional access utility device conveniently travels on pavement when necessary and often keeps me warm/cool/dry/soothed as needed."