OK, for anyone who cares, I got the tranny on my Dodge working again. There is no way the seal that came with the new filter was going to work so I put the old seal back on and am back up and running.
What I'm pissed at is that the thing I most needed to do was to find a leak in my power steering system. I found it; two tranny lines have rubbed a hole in a power steering fluid crossover tube becaus of the sloppy workmanship of the last mechanic that worked on my truck.
This happens way too often in our trade as well as we hear from so many complaining about leaking refrigerant tubing due to rubbing distributor tubes and the such.
Here is a matter of a major disruption in my life and a now major repair because some jackass who most likely whines about the manufacturer just couldn't be bothered to do his damned job right.