Thank you everyone for your replies. I have decided I am going to try to just dig into the motor and only go as deep as I need to, to be able to trade the truck in. I'm hoping to find the bad lifter and replace it and that will quiet it down enough for me to unload it. With that being said... does anyone know if I am able to pull the heads off to get to the lifters without pulling the timing chain cover? I have read in several places that this can all be done with some common hand tools and some time. I have more than common hand tools and I believe I have the ability to do the job, but a $400 timing cover alignment tool is not common or cheap!!!
I have tried searching and searching for how to'* on just doing the lifters, but I can only find how to'* on replacing the cam shaft too and that definitely requires pulling the timing chain cover. Any help, hints, tips, tricks, or links would be greatly appreciated! Thank you all in advance, you aare all a big help!