Ok, completely up and running again now, had just played with the action before last post. Found an old 10' PS/2 extension cable in the basement (see Honey, that's why I never throw anything away...
), still had to go out and buy a new wire stripper as mine only went to 22 gauge and the tiny wires inside the PS/2 cable are probably 24 gauge.
Performed some minor cosmetic surgery on both the male and female side (see metalnwood's pic above), clipped each end of the cable down to about 4.5" from the connector base, stripped it (10 gauge), stripped each little internal wire (24 gauge), then soldered each little wire to it's mate (NOT my specialty, last time I did any soldering was installing Cubby's Hall sensors in my Cougar), heated the shrink tubing that I almost
forgot to install before soldering, a little electrical tape for protection and voila, IT'S ALIVE!!!! All buttons and axes work!
Now to get started on the stick mount