Glue the gasket onto the pump with some spray adhesive. Crank the engine over until the pump actuator rod is as far back in the block as it will go (the low spot on the cam!). Make sure that the pump actuator rod is making contact with the pump arm. Push the pump against the block for all your worth while you get the bolts started. The springs are pretty stiff in the high performance mechanical pumps, that's part of what you paid for!!
[This message has been edited by PDQUICK (edited 02-07-2002).]