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It's normally called a carrier bearing over here,
most likely the soft metal is babbit.
depends a lot on how the thing is built, if there are two thin steel backed shells, (half circle shaped) with the babbit inside, you may be able to locate an automotive counterpart.
If the babbit is a very thick chunk of with a simple cage of some other metal to mount it, you can cast in new babbit. It melts easily low temp on a simple gas burner,(kitchen or camp stove give plenty of heat)
It's easy to do, but wouldn't recommend something critical as a first project.