Never thought this would be happening - I already have too many guitars, all of which I'm hopelessly in love with, and thus unable to sell
But I think a year or two ago I bought most of an early 2000s Squier Standard tele (i.e. no pickups) on another forum, for £80. When it arrived, I remember thinking just I shouldn't have got it. The paint job on the body has some obvious cracking, and also is quite thick, and I've had trouble once before trying to strip paint from a guitar body (that one was, I believe, polyester - which is incredibly hard to get off - a heat gun doesn't work and produces nasty fumes, and impervious to paint stripper of any type). And the neck, although not too bad, had a very narrow (39mm) width at the nut, which I don't like. So the bits of the guitar have just sat around for a fair old time.
But now I'm thinking I finally have the energy to do something with this - the body is full-thickness Fender dimensions, and routed for a neck humbucker - I have a spare GFS Surf 90 pickup which could go in there, plus a nice handwound Mojo Broadcaster pickup I could put in the bridge slot. And the hardware that came with the guitar seems decent enough, so no need to buy any of that. I think I will get a new scratchplate though, as that doesn't seem quite the proper dimensions. I fancy re-spraying the body a nice vivid mid-blue (don't have a blue guitar), and I think I will buy a nicer neck from somewhere, rosewood fingerboard. The respray will just be a basic rattlecan job, doesn't have to be guitar show standard, as long as it looks presentable. I'm kind of justifying all this to myself by a) saying that as I already have most of the guitar anyhow, it's not a real increase in numbers, and b) the cost of the project should be fairly low compared to doing a partscaster from scratch.
The damage you can see on the back is caused by me incidentally, testing with a heat gun to see how easily the finish can be removed - it seemed to work pretty well, so heat gun/scraper will probably be the first step, followed by sanding, filling any dints, then primer.