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variator advice on TS spider

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I have bought a 2001 twin spark spider that has had a cam belt failure and consequently the last owner had to pay over £1600 to have the head and cam belt rebuilt.
That was about five months ago and now the engine is making a loud noise like a diesel type noise while the engine is running that if you rev it up goes away.
It sounds like either a noisy tappet or perhaps the Variator as the Variator according to the invoice for work carried out does not seem to have been replaced.
Whilst being repaired all the valves , guides and followers were replaced as were head bolts and the head machined and pressure tested .
Having come across variator noise on start up only before is it possible for on to rattle all the time?
If not the variator what else could it be ? The engine other that that is sweet when revved and does not overheat and does not missfire or overheat.

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Was the variator replaced as part of the re-build? If not then seems most likely.
Drive it very carefully until you get it checked out, or if you can access it clip off the balancer belt to avoid possible problems.
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no the variator was not replaced !
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