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NO! It wouldn't.
Pushing the shoes back in would be like packing stripped threads back into a bolt hole.
Metals are all stretchy/bendy, to a greater or lesser degree.
The stuff used for a clutch of this type is made with material of this type. The area joining the shoes to the main body is thin enough to bend at a specific amount of force, at a certain speed, the centrifugal force will throw out the shoes until they contact the bell. when the force reduces,the shoes will spring back in again TO THE ELASTIC LIMITS OF THE METAL. that is, if the liner is worn excessively, the shoes will spread out further to the point where they will bend the thin joining area permanently,but they will still have a spring-range virtually the same as before. so yes, you can strip the clutch, press the shoes back in towards the body,and they will still work effectively. BUT. bending metal will work-harden it,which makes it stiffer,and will eventually lead to metal-fatigue.(that's why full-size parts have scheduled working lives ) Experiment- get a piece of metal
thickish wire/tin-lid /coat-hanger,etc. hold one end rigidly and try bending the free end(like a tree-trunk swaying. when released, it will spring back from a deflection WITHIN IT's ELASTIC LIMITS. when you exceed those limits,the metal will take on a permanent "set" or bend,but will still spring back slightly. that's why , if you need a 90* fold,you go over that and allow it to spring back to the required angle. this only skims over the subject,but hopefully gives an insight into the springiness of metal which isn't specifically made into a spring.MJWS beat me to most of these points,although I think that the area where the "set"occurred would be slightly harder and therefore,the bending would take place either side of this,until the whole thin -hinge area was equally hardened and stiff.for all practical purposes, reline and reset shoes and reuse.(no big deal if one does stress-crack and break off)