if want to get rid of this tick, I HAVE to go back in, but deeper than I thought.
It appears to be the camshaft bearing, which is NON replaceable. You have to buy a whole new block and sidecover and cam. Around 500 smackaroos for fix. I knew I had to do it before, I was able too, but financially I couldn't afford it.
to replace the engine with say a Briggs or Kohler is 800 at least, to get the right amp alternator, and electric start option.
So I'm going to save my money and order everything I need, and now I know I'll know what I need to do this time.
I will probably start the work when school let's out for summer.