Been busy on this 3 point! I got to thinking it would be good to keep the original JB look to the rear if I could. So I drug out the old rear section that I had to cut out to get this new driveline installed. So instead of a LOT of fabricating, I have redone the old rear plate so that it will bolt on for easy removal if needed. I had to cut out a pieece to weld onto the old plate, as the rest had to stay with the chassis. I have large angle iron welded at the bottom that will bolt to the heavy angle that the transaxle mounts to. Then I welded smaller angle to the rear plate at the sides which will bolt to the side panels once I get all the holes drilled. The rear plate will be 3" further rearward, so all I need to do is build cylinder mounts 3" longer than stock to hold the OE Bush Hog lift cylinder.
MUCH easier doing it this way, and I hope to add rear pto some day, and being removable is a big plus when/if the pto idea becomes reality.