I tried, I really tried. And I failed… Miserably I may say.
Installing a Linux distribution from a minimal base is harder than I expected, especially if you want to install a bare system and build from the ground up. After several attempts I now have a non-functional laptop and no courage to attempt anything like that for the foreseeable future.
On the plus side I have learned tricks and features of Linux I had no clue existed.
PS. For the record I tried Arch (lol), Debian Net Install and Antergos Base, which got me further than the others.