I discovered a badly crushed and crippled MacBook Pro in my department's pile of spare and surplus electronics.
The poor thing had either been sat on or crushed in a car door before the IT staff disassembled it for plunder. The screen was smashed and warped, lower casing bent, hard drive platters totally shattered (I've never before seen a hard drive casing that could be mistaken for a rain-stick from the sounds it made during handling), screws missing from pretty much everywhere, no RAM or battery...
I was able to find an appropriate stick of ram, hard drive cable, and a suitable battery in the pile of sadness and (with permission) rescued the battered carcass to my laboratory for revival. The next day, after I had charged the battery, plugged in an external monitor, plugged in the various parts I had collected, and brought my external recovery drive from home, I coaxed a problem-free boot from the system.
I recalled reading an article written by Will Smith on Tested.com about the electronics repair tools he found most useful in his tech explorations. Knowing I would need some special tools for this job, I pulled up the story and found your 54 Bit Driver Kit. After reading about the features offered in your kit and seeing its low price, my weapon of choice for the upcoming war on entropy was clear.
While searching for a replacement LCD I ran across a stripped MBP a1260 with a bad logic board but a nice display unit and lower case. I resolved that the cheapest fix would be a component swap into this shell.
The repair went swimmingly. I refurbished my new laptop in about 90 minutes (it probably helped the initial take-down time that the original chassis was lacking most screws) for a grand total of $290.84 (driver kit, spare HDD chassis, spare screws, HDD mount bracket, and other items included), quite a bargain! I also have a pile of spare parts in case something goes wrong with the assembled unit, and my new found 54 bit Driver Kit friend feels like an insurance policy against any future technological breakdowns.
Sorry about the lack of photos, all of our cameras are attached to microscopes of one kind or another!
The guides on your website were absolutely essential. http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/MacBook-Pro-...
This video was also useful (in particular to see just exactly how the tiny logic board connections are removed, something I was very nervous about):
Refine your technique on the dead board, be patient, and find a caffeine sweet-spot/zone before you start. I also found it extremely useful to tape the removed screws to a printed copy of the iFixit disassembly instructions as I followed the slideshow on a separate computer, so as not to confuse or lose screws. A blown-up photo is the way to go for keeping track of the logic board screws, the photo in the PDF guide is far too small to be used in this way. If you have a few bucks to spare it probably is not a terrible idea to buy a complete screw set for your notebook, just in case. My case was missing quite a few screws, so I did this as well. If you are a histologist (or know one), borrow some xylene, a glass Pasteur pipette and a suction system for the thermal paste removal step. Xylene might cause cancer, but boy oh boy does it dissolve thermal gunk and leave a mirror-surface shine on your processor and graphics chip (sans-residues)! It also evaporates very quickly and does not eat the plastic on your logic board. This is probably best done in a fume hood while wearing goggles. Di-ethyl ether would probably work very nicely as well.