Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Medford, Oregon, USA
38k shouldn't cause any bearing problems, unless it may have accidently been run with no oil, or in it's history, if the oil plug coulda come out. What I do know, is the exhaust headers are notorious for leaking, and causing ticking. Quite annoying. Usually that noise manifests itself under load. Then there's the "center collar " issue. Might check into that.
If it sets for a week, what does it sound like in the first second of running? (the time it takes to get your finger off the starter button) Lots of rattle?, then instantly gone?
Knicknacks by Eric of Holland (former LTD rider)
80 Int., 85 Int., 85 LTD, 90/2000 1500, and now a 2006 Nav, Cabernet Red