Originally Posted by carlosinseattle
I also need some marchon "long-throw" pick up shoes for monster trucks and sky fighter planes. Nobody seems to have them.
There was a website called Slot Car World which had Marchon pickup shoes, although I do not believe they were the long throw shoes. The owner passed away a while ago and the website has been down since then.
I'm guessing you will not find replacements for those anywhere. They were parts unique to very few chassis and there's not a lot of NOS Marchon parts floating around.
One thing you can try is desoldering braid
. You can pick up a roll of about 5 ft. from Radio Shack. You can then solder a small piece of the braid
to the pickup shoes. I've tried this with Aurora SuperMag shoes (which start to wear out in minutes) and while it does work, the problems are twofold. One, the shoes tend to drag on the rails and two, adding braid
to the bottom of the shoe increases the shoe thickness. It's worth a try. Maybe soldering only a few strands of braid
on the shoes will work.
I've also tried soldering a small piece of rail (taken out from a valuable 9" 1/4 curve) to the bottom of the shoes. While that also works, you again have the same two problems as above.