Work continued on the inspection tool. Got the giant two steel rods free from the base. Also got the 8 bearings free.
Found an old plotter destined for the recycle bin. Was able to strip some motors, gears, pulleys, and belts before!
Also from the trash pile, I salvaged a Haas pendant (Haas RJH Color Display 65-4152B REV:A). Now I need to find the schematics so I can actually interface with it.