Ok, i think i got everything taken care of, except the software, which I'll do whenever. I let the car warm up in the driveway and took it for a quick rip around the block.
It was mostly a ride to derust the brakes and to listen for hissing noises (vacuum leak).
No vacuum leaks, and no check engine lights. I'm happy.
The ticking is still there. I ran compression tests, 190psi on all minus cyl 4 and 5. I got 178psi. I'm gonna have to look into that. Maybe I will pull the head after all when I get the cams installed
"Driving is like a narcotic, an addiction that can take over lives. It ruins people, breaks families apart, and even kills. Itís habit that needs to be fueled. Time, money, rationality, sweat, knuckle skin, and anyone who disapproves are of little importance to a driver, and are often overlooked. Hi, Iím Nelson, and Iím a drivaholic."