I thought this may be interesting: the (otherwise) renown YouTuber “The 8-Bit Guy” attempting to resurrect a rare IBM 7496 Executive Workstation, but with, say, mixed results and procedures.
Some trigger warning may be appropriate (butchered hardware, electrical safety):
For the full experience mind the comments at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wh2OCBZpzZ8
Besides obvious concerns regarding the procedures, my own thoughts about the machines are (a) if these are really prototypes, they may require a code on disk or additional (external) hardware to start up, and (b) as the machines do not have a serial number, they may have been discarded for not passing quality assurance tests and may have been deposited for recycling accordingly (I’d expect even a prototype to have some kind of individual identification for reference purpose).
For the obvious concerns, is this a document of destroying unique hardware, or is it not that bad after all, as the chances of getting these machines to boot are probably close to non-existent (compare my above musings)?
Also, please keep comments decent, in case you found that the video required indeed a proper trigger warning.