i'm back up in it...
i pulled my bracket for my steering box this evening and started to clean it up and reinforce it. i had to trim sections of it down and reshape it for clearance. i went and welded the upper seam then blended it over. i also put a bunch of tacks inside the assembly both top and bottom to increase the strength. after that i boxed the front and rear of it and blended it down. i didn't touch the bottom as it was spot welded together after it was bent over and that's really strong already.
going to hopefully get it back in here soon then finalize welding it all up. i have to sort out my steering shaft assembly and decide if i want to raise it as well. i only needed to raise the steering box an inch and a half so the steering wheel raise would be minor if i left it alone...but team that up with my raised seat height it might all go together nicely.