RESOLVED!!!!i installed the driver/MPU combo board I got from rottendog and it works great!! I decided not to hook up the knocker as I don’t want to chance another $245 mistake. I am curious as to what went wrong. The pic below is what it looked like when I hooked it up. It’s also possible that I created a bridge on accident when I was soldering the t120 or 2N4401 transistors. I’d appreciate any feedback though.
Otherwise thanks everyone!! I learned a lot from this experience. my first pin