Hmmm.... too bad I didn't know I should've let the new lifters sit in oil. The lifter guide plates seemed okay, and so did the rockers and pushrods.
The rocker arms for the valves that were closed had a little play - I could push them at a point just above the pushrod, making the lifter compress a little. They could also move sideways just a bit, which seemed a bit odd but I assumed it was normal.
I'm not sure it'* a ticking lifter, but I guessed it would be a good place to start.
About the lifters having to be pumped up - I suppose you mean that after the engine is running for a while, they get filled with oil. Can they be damaged if they're not already filled with oil before the engine is first started?
It runs pretty normally, with a loud tapping/ticking noise that varies with engine speed, and seems to be a metallic clunk coming from the area of the front valve cover. Idle is perhaps a little rough but not significantly so.
The valve guide is actually on the inside of the cylinder if I understand correctly... is there a way to test them after opening just the valve covers? I suppose replacing them means removing the heads... is this something I can do myself?
I'd appreciate any info