Is there a replacement bushing available for the babbit bushing that's in the nose end of the starter? It seems that every other bushing or bearing is available except that one for a T starter. Seems like you could remove the worn or cracked babbit one and press in a brass one.
A press-in replacement bronze/brass bushing would probably be too thin to hold up. And getting a press fit on a previously babbitted surface would be tough for the average DIY'er. The babbitt is usually re-poured and sized or the snout is machined to take a slightly thicker bushing then sized.
John, my gut feeling is whitemetal was used in this application because it was tinned in place and thus fixed in the starter snout. While a bronze bush may do the job, there is a risk it could be dislodged. A shoulder on the outer end would help stop it running up the shaft, and perhaps there is not enough room when the starter is fitted for it to migrate out the end of the snout.
Others may have different ideas.
Allan from down under.
A model A wrist pin bushing is usually a pretty nice press fit after the babbitt is removed. The bushing needs to be bored in alignment with the shaft bushing after installation.
You probably already seen this video from Mike Bender and Nick Nicholas . Lot of information.
A bronze bushing works fine. As Dan says, it must be finish bored after installation to assure proper alignment. ALSO, make sure the snout has not been bent and in need straightening. Very common.