Went with the B834 and a 2D1159 horizontal transistor from a slightly larger, much older, yet pretty similar in circuitry television that I had lying around. Unfortunately that one has a broken neck.
Television works great! Audio cut out again soon after I got the image going correctly and it turns out I have a bad volume pot. I replaced it with a temporary one with a different physical build. Will be getting the proper replacement tomorrow at the local electronics shops.
I had an image with a terrible ripple across it, the squiggly image as I referred to it in my first post. The ripple was horizontal and distorted the image like corn rows. The problem turned out to be a small 1uf @ 16V electrolytic capacitor related to the video IC. After replacing that the image is crystal clear!
I will be going over the circuitry one more time tomorrow, with special attention to the voltage regulation where I placed that B834 to see if it's regulating correctly. I assume it is. Oh and it now shuts off properly too!
Thanks again and I hope this info helps someone out there.
Ahh I love fixing stuff!