Well since my oil gauge is all funky, I couldn't tell you with any degree of accuracy.
A bad lifter...so that would basically require a top end overhaul...hmm. nice.
Ok, so say it is a bad lifter. Then why would the ticking go away as soon as the oil warms up.
Because this only seems to happen in cold temperatures. It did it last winter now that I think of it and went away in the summer. And I thought it just went away. So because this tempurature change seems to be the enabler of this noise..then would it lean more towards an oil circulation issue?
I will be replacing my oil pressure sender as soon as my wallet is refilled and then we can really get a good idea of what this might be.