Do it, SiC. You're the perfect custodian for this car. And what better way to learn how to weld than on a car that would otherwise be scrap?
Take this on, and I'll lend you my trusty Liqui-techniq drill-operated vehicle tilter so you can fettle the underside.
The biggest problem I'm facing is getting it here down south without turning it into an expensive 1100 that needs quite a bit of welding. 580 mile round trip is quite a long journey whatever way you looking at it and will require a fair bit of expensive fuel. Also as I have a post 1997 licence and no tow car, so won't be able to tow anything myself.
Don't do it SiC.
It's not a beginners car, and knowing your fastidious nature it will never meet your expectations.
Get a bonnet from the scrapyard and learn to weld on that.
What bits do you reckon makes this one a difficult project? I was hoping/expecting it to be not that difficult as the ADO16 are often said to be rather easy cars to work on.
I do like a good challenge though! Just got to make sure that optimism doesn't get past achievability. The only really difficult bit I worry about is getting panels. It appears Earlpart have gone into liquidation and there aren't many other suppliers of ado16 panels. I should be able to manage welding but panel fabrication is possibly a bit beyond my current skills.
You'll never start if you're still intent on polishing that turd [of a welder]
Just buy a Portamig and crack on.
I was hoping to get something a bit better but the Civic getting written off and having to spend a bit to get a new daily is likely to eat into some disposable income and savings irritatingly. Plus I'm waiting for the electrian to get a free slot to put in a proper mains feed into the garage.
I'd want something inverter based too if I'm buying decent and spending that sort of money. I personally don't see the point on spending a lot of money for something that isn't much more advanced than I have already. Which essentially is a big fat transformer, a wire feed mechanism and a torch. The inverter stuff is substantially smaller, lighter, can handle long power feed runs and often better control of the output power under varying load. Which is why inverter technology exists.