As the title states, I'm looking at having the Hermes manifold reproduced by a local fabricator. I've already given Josh, my fabricator, a spare Hermes manifold to evaluate. His initial estimate is $500 for the first prototype which I will eat and around $300-350 for subsequent copies. I'm totally unfamiliar with the casting of aluminum so excuse my ignorance of the process and terminology. Josh has a 3d printer from which he will produce the mold material for each manifold. Using that mold, Josh will cast the individual manifolds using the metal casting facilities of our local arts academy.
After the first prototype is made, I will no longer have any financial interest in the project and all dealings will be done directly with Josh. I will post pictures of the first prototype for people to evaluate and make their decision.
This will be a slow on going project and no guarantees that it will go to completion. Josh owns and operates a one man performance/tuning/fabrication shop for sports cars, specializing in Volvos. His business comes first but he will work on the manifolds when time permits.
I've set up a poll for people to express their interest. I will try to get the first prototype completed by this coming summer. I'm also wondering if there are any "improvements" people want in the manifold.
The poll is on poll on the Europa mail list.