Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Gastonia, NC - Born & raised in Connecticut - 31 years
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Keep in mind, 89,000 miles can be a lot of miles on that era car/engine. Might be time for new lifters. If original, I would definitely install a new timing chain and gears at that mileage, so if you do that, not much extra work to install new cam and lifters at the same time to freshen it up. Assuming it is not using any oil and needs an overhaul.
They make an engine/automotive stethoscope that may help you pinpoint the "tick". They sell for about $20.00. Could be a good tool for you to isolate the "tick" or tell you what it isn't -for piece of mind.