Thanks for the update.
As you know, all along I am convinced that this technique (cutting the gasket and patch the cut areas with RTV etc.) works.
This is because some car mfgs (Volvo, Honda etc.) are doing away with this type of gasket, they use anaerobic liquid gasket and it works great.
While some people in this forum think this technique (cutting the gasket and patch the cut areas with RTV etc.) is a "repair hack job", I don't think so.
This is because by definition, a "repair hack job" is a procedure that bypasses safety, or substitute inferior products for the jobs etc.
This technique (cutting the gasket and patch the cut areas with RTV etc.) is simply a modification of the factory job using ideas from other mfgs (liquid gasket) to accomplish the same job while minimizing time/effort/money lost.
I guess I fix too many different vehicle brands, thus the different views I have on certain topics.