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Good intel there jpaul- for anyone tackling this normal maintenance item. The oem gasket goop shrinks with age making a common source of leaker.
Good approach you have to let the sealant cure completely before firing up. And, if the factory material on your china walls looked any different than the pics then indeed someone had been in there before.
This was the condition of my '95 after about a decade.
\'96SS SOB: SSRI, Herter Tune, Tri-Y II, , 3000 Edge, F/HO bars, METCO extendeds with CV MMC, Bilsteins, currently Vredestein Ultrac Sessanta (315/35 rear). Finally, wait for it... LT-4 knock module!
\'96FWB BUW-Butt Ugly White: PCMPerformance tune, HDFA w/ swissed filter, 1/2 SLP s.s. catback with H- and Flow Super 50s, oem opti rebuilt 3 times, SS Bars, METCO LCA, Airlift 1000, Monroe SS, PowerTrax No-Slip, CTS wheels with +1 rubber. Finally, yes again... LT-4 knock module!