Thanks for that info GypsyR I was thinking more to use the RTV to hold the gasket in place so it wouldn't move around while I'm trying to mount the pump. I did buy a quality Fel-pro gasket and I'm glad I did, the one that came with the pump is not nearly as high quality.
IDSRVIT..I didn't meant to imply that the suggestions weren't good ones and I did take them into consideration. The belts are in fine shape, and I have no reason to dig into the thermostat since it's sealed and working just fine.
Here's hoping the job goes great today.
66 convertible 289 C Code Sauterne Gold with Black power top.