So I'm not really poor, but I don't have loads of cash for fixing up games either. I will replace only the stuff that really needs to be replaced for the game to play like it was meant to, spare an embellishment here and there. I put in as much sweat equity as possible. You won't be seeing a HEP or PMD level restoration here.
What you will see though, is some occasional bullshit where you wonder why I spent time polishing some turd part instead of buying a new one for like $5.
I'm a cheap ass.
You may also question the methods I use to get to the end result. I question them too. In all honesty, I know the electronics side, but I'm fudging it when it comes to the rest, and doing it all on a shoestring budget. My wood working experience is limited.
I really only just started this PF restore + Shop out. It is going to be a longer haul than the usual 3 month marathons I like to do. I have an infant and a 4 yr old in the house. Free time is non-existent.
My goal is not a 10/10, but a solid 8 in the looks department, and a 10/10 in the gameplay department.