The pins in the 30 pin doc connector had been bent preventing it from properly connecting to the charger and USB for sync.
Replaced the doc connector assembly. Repair went perfect. The guides are right on and the repair was succesfull the first time through.
Take your time. Invest in the tool kit as it makes the job much easier. Go to the drug store to get a pair 3x magnifying glasses if your eyes are anything less than perfect. Otherwise have fun!