Never, ever, take a brake shoe lining for granted. Almost without exception Japanese shoes are fixed to their alloy carriers by adhesive alone; you rarely see rivets used. Eventually dampness, heat and time can and will rupture the adhesive bond causing the lining to come away from the shoe. The two potentially disastrous scenarios here are either your brakes fail or loose lining locks up the wheel. Long term keeper or new project; always and without fail check with a flat blade how good that critical adhesive bond is. Brake shoes are cheap, life isn’t.
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