i finally recycled my $5 yardsale special one functional wheel 6" benchtop grinder. now have a hf 8" that is sooo much more useful' i feel empowered to continue.
i also got a new tap and a real tap handle.
figured out some bracein'(and cut the plate) for the transfer case.
"armored" the trailing link mount, added some brackets along the chassis, and fixed-up the front/side body mount, glueing it on with 50# of welding slag.
if i stick this piece on those brackets, it might get hit by rocks, but may stay on.