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My first thought is: WHO rebuilt the engine? The owner, or a competent shop? If the former, you have a substantial unknown to deal with.

I'd start by checking the oil to see if it looks like a milk shake, and if it's OK, then do a compression test on the engine again, now that the problem has emerged.

The ticking? Check the spark plugs, it wouldn't be the first time a spark plug worked loose or wasn't torqued properly.

Let us know what you find.
 
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