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Did the factory paint the drum brake shoe frames body color?

I just changed the shoes on my 57 Belair 2-door hardtop and the front brake shoe frames are painted body color (tropical turquoise).

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Me either... here's a pic of the driver side. One important note, the car is a Canadian car from the Oshawa plant. After cleaning the shoes i see they are stamped "Bendix Made in Canada".

Could these be original?

The odometer reads 83,591.


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Just when you thought you saw it all. I have seen painted Brake shoes before, but just standard colors, Black and Red mostly. and that Ben Dix guy must have been important I see his name all over. Just like Pat Pending, never met him but must have been popular guy.
 

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Different rebuilders used different colors to distinguish one from another. This way there was never any confusion as to who the rebuilder was.
There was a time when brake shoes had a core value......not anymore.

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I recall the core charge changing my parents brakes but then after moving out, I drove only a company car and none of my own for 5 years, by then I think the core charge was history.

It still baffles me how making a new shoe is cheaper than using an old one.
 
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