Couple of updates.
I changed my FPDM. Old one had a little corrosion but nothing too serious. Still is nice to have it taken care of.
I also was about to tackle my VCT Solenoids, but I found this...
It is the updated valve covers that do not allow for the VCT's to be removed without pulling the valve cover. That got me curious as I knew that the valve covers were not updated until mid to late 2006. I got to looking at the engine and found these couple stickers
Valve cover: Build date of 10-23-06
Engine sticker: Build date 10-23-06
So it looks like something happened with the original engine and it was just replaced. The carfax did not show any of this so I am guessing it was done under warranty. The best part (I think) is that in what I have read, the phasers were fixed by mid 2006. So my small amount of tick is likely the exhaust manifold. Time to get a stethascope and figure out exactly where the noise is coming from. I plan to figure out all that is causing my noises and replace them all at once. I am hoping it is manifolds because then I can get me a nice set of OBX headers.