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Lawrence Galaske
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I have a couple of old (35yrs) tyco ho slot car sets that my daughter would like me to refurb for the grandkids. I have an oval track assembled to test the cars and the transformer, controllers and track all work. A couple of the cars will make it completely around the track but, all of the cars need pickup shoes and tires. My trouble is the cars that I have I can not find the pickup shoes on ebay or the local hobby shop. One set of cars has the magnet on the bottom to hold them on the track and the other cars do not and the pickup shoes on both sets are different. All of the cars are Tyco brand.
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I'm definitely not a Tyco slot car expert, but there are plenty on here who are.

Please do post photos of your slot cars - that would make comprehending the type of cars & correct pick-up shoes you need a lot easier.

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Tyco made several different slotcar chassis styles. If they don't have magnets, they are probably TycoPro brass pan cars. The brass pan cars had two different styles of pickups if I remember correctly: flat wipers, and 'button' pickups. I never had luck finding replacements, but you may be able to repair them with some solder and brass stock. The tires are (or were) available.

Without seeing your cars, I'm assuming they are either TycoPro, CurveHugger, or 440-X2 cars. Give those a Google and you should be able to identify what you have.

Here's an example of the TycoPro brass pan cars with button pickups:
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Lawrence Galaske
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Thanks for the reply. These appear to be 440x2 cars, no brass pan types. There are two different types of pickups, one type appears to be tin plated and the other is bare brass. I do have brass stock and should be able to solder some repair patches on the shoes. I will keep looking for tires, parts on ebay seem to be pricey but I haven't mess with any of this stuff, it was my son's toys when he was around 10 yrs old, now 46. It's amazing that for the most part the cars still run but the pickup shoes are really worn, a couple to the point that they are worn through. He got a lot of fun out of them.
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https://www.ebay.com/itm/12-TYCO-Magnum-440-OR-440X2-Narrow-HO-SLOT-CAR-SHOES-Original-OEM-PICK-UP-SHOE/113598234851?hash=item1a72fb80e3:g:c7QAAOSwSONcRl4V

https://www.ebay.com/itm/6-Rear-6-Front-Tires-for-Tyco-440x2-Mattel-HPX2-Tyco-440-Slot-Cars-12-Tires/150589094643?epid=1231495872&hash=item230fcf3af3:g:Nv4AAMXQk-FRFY4t

Those will probably fit. If you don't need front tires there are auctions for just the rears. There are a lot of specialty tires, but if you just get the basics you could probably get your cars running for a few dollars each. The 440 cars are pretty bullet-proof.
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I am sort of wondering how old your grand children are. You know
those little Tyco slot cars can require a bit of patience and adult
know how to get the best out of them.

I purchased a larger scale Carrera Race set for my teens, and that
went over very well as the reliability and durability factors (Life
Time Warranty) made it a hit. Cost about $120 plus S&H. It was
not a bad deal.

I've messed around a little with Tyco Slots, they're fun, but they
are high maintenance, not good for under 21!

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My daughter and son in law will take over the maintenance as the setup will be moved to their basement family room setup on a table. Son in law had these as a kid and he's in his 50's now and an electronics tech. I'll spend the few bucks to get them working and mom and dad will take over. I'll give them the contact info on where to get parts and watch the fun. They just don't have the time to research and figure out what is needed.
Thanks,
LG
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