So far this evening I've removed one seal (southern engineering at its best), cleaned the inside of the axle tube, and made (more southern engineering) a seal installation tool. Before this afternoon the axle housing was totally bare (except for the two old axle seals); cleaned; and painted. I've installed the gearset per another question post I made here recently. I posted that one over a month ago thinking I was within a day or two of needing the information. Life gets in the way, doesn't it? Thanx for all who responded to that one. Tonight's question is: do I put RTV on the seal (or housing) before installation or is the red sort of sticky/rubbery coating on the seal the actual seal between the seal and the axle housing. Sorry about the many uses of the word "seal". Hope this isn't misleading. I'll be installing both seals tonight and be ready to install backing plates and all new brake internals tomorrow. Then it's time to install the whole shebang under Clarence and go for a drive!!! And again; THANX ahead of time for all help.