In brief, took my original OEM starter to an auto electric shop and had them open it up.

I was surprized at what good condition the internals were in, even though I had a few salt water incidents over time and that it is a '94. (have video of the warn components to show at some point)

Brushes were worn and replaced along with a new post.

$100.00 did it.
OEM part is $450.00 here in Canada.

Always pays to investigate other avenues.