Here is everything I know of that could possibly make a ticking noise when the engine turns (without burning fuel). Most of these are directly up top, but sometimes stuff sounds up top, means it could be up top instead of middle.
Notice I said possbily. I am in know way saying to go buy and replace all these parts, but test and look at everything possible.
Lifter (maybe, notr sure because I have the newer lifters), but I don't think they can because not enough pushing on them just by hand.
Harmonic balancer pulley
Water pump going out
Timing belt tensioner (hydraulic tensioner)
Timing belt tensioner pulley
Anything with a pulley attached could make a noice when turning over.
See sometimes stuff sounds like it is up top but it is not alwys the case.