I just wanted to put some closure on this thread.
com64 got back to me, and was able to send back my GCW completely repaired and upgraded!
Well, sort of.
He ended up replacing the motherboard with a working one. My original board had voltage issues, which created the overheating issue in that one section of the board. He was able to fix that, but suspects there are issues with the voltage circuit powering the LCD back-light which was preventing the LCD to be visible when turned on.
There might also be some damaged transistors that need to be replaced.
But it sounds like the board has got too many issues to fix, so he generously offered me his own motherboard, and has returned the unit back to me.
Additionally, I requested if he had a way of making the button switches for the Start and Select more quiet. He ended up replacing the tact switches with more silent ones, which works like a dream! They're so much more quiet now, and even feel a bit softer to actuate. I'm really happy about this feature as it was a really annoying click with the stock switches, making bed gaming very difficult at night when the missus is trying to sleep.
He was also able to re-install my 3D printed replacement buttons, d-pad and analog nub, plus upgrade the battery wire with a connector.
All-in-all I'm extremely happy with my GCW now. It's running like normal, and has a couple enhanced updates that make this already great device even better.
It may have taken a while to get back, and involved a bit more follow-up on my part, but the work and time was worth it in the end. Thanks goes to com64 for getting this back to me, my GCW is better than ever!
also, shouts out to Surkow for the support as well!