Well, the car's been running for about two weeks now and the lifters are nice and quiet.
However I've been having problems with the Taylor "Street Thunder" spark plug wires that I bought recently. Several of the connectors came off when I've removed them, they weren't crimped on well. So I purchased a crimp tool, new Taylor terminals and repaired all 8.
Yesterday I ran the car 90 miles down I-40 and it ran well. But, when I got off at my exit it was missing one or more cylinders.
I had another 50 miles to get to my destination here in the mountains and I barely made it.
Tonight I took the plugs out, finding this.
Plug 1 is upper left, 8 is lower right. Guess which spark plug wire was not doing its job? Advance Auto Parts in Boone has a set of MSD wires on the shelf with my name on them.
I also found #3 insulator was cracked. This is the second Autolite plug that I have cracked in three months- never cracked a plug prior to that. I have a new set of Motorcraft plugs in Boone as well.