Made a little more progress today
--- Lately I have been jumping all over the place doing a little here and a little there on a dozen different projects. Just got back on my spare tire carrier. It might even work!
Here is the carrier in the down position. It fits under the (yet to be built) rear deck and between the frame rails. The center ring is a leftover front wheel piece used to delete five if the ten bolts. It was perfect for getting the tire into the right position.
A test fit of the spare. Wheel slides up and bolts to the center ring for positioning.
Had to make a special wrench adapter to operate the chain hoist that raises and lowers this big, heavy sucker. It will be accessed through a small hatch on the deck.
Checked it out and it works fine. No grunting or groaning and goes up and down pretty quickly.
...and, fully raised.
Now I can start assembling the actual deck!