Thanks for the replies everyone!
Well, I decided to have another crack at figuring out what was up with my starting issues. I double checked the timing and it was spot on, I checked the gap on the points and that was within spec, and I didn't have a compression gauge, so I just prayed that my head gasket wasn't toast. Then, I decided to take a look at the choke on the carbs. When you pull the choke, there is a cam on the choke plate that rotates and pushes on a lever. That lever than pushes on the throttle plates, cracking them open.
When the choke isn't pulled there should be approximately 1.5 mm of space between the cam and the lever. Also, when the engine is fully warmed up, if the choke is pulled, the revs shouldn't climb past 4,500. Well, on my carbs there was approximately 0 mm of clearance between the cam and the lever and when you pulled the choke the revs would rocket past 5,000 rpm. So I adjusted the lever tip by bending it down a bit. I overshot a little much and opened the space up to about 2.5mm (oops). I would have had to remove the carbs to be able to bend it back up, so I left it as was, pulled the choke lever all the way out and gave the engine a crank. It fired up almost instantly! It idled like a champ and the choke didn't cause the revs to rocket away. After the engine was warmed up, I pulled the choke back out and the revs only climbed as high as 4,000 rpm, right within spec! After a little adjusting of the pilot screws and the high speed screw, it was running beautifully.
The only problem that remains is that my accelerator pump on the bottom of the carb is borked. Not sure why, but pushing the throttle doesn't move the accelerator pump lever any at all. I reckon it needs a new diaphragm and a new spring, so that's on the list. Other than the slight stumble between idle and 2k rpm caused by the lack of working accelerator pump, she runs every bit as fantastic as I had hoped!
So, now that she ran well, it was time to address the window rubber.
As you can see, the window used a type of chromed plastic in the rubber. Well, this plastic shrunk over time, causing to fit terribly and to look awful. So, my goal was to pull it all out. The problem on the front was that the rubber was so brittle that removing the trim caused the rubber to break away. So, I decided to pull the trim out, then use a knife to flatten out the rubber.
After I had the trim out and the excess rubber sliced down, I ran over it all with 120 grit sand paper to smooth the rubber out. Probably not the best solution, but it looks much better and I didn't adversely affect the sealing of the window.
I think it makes a huge difference being all black.
The rear for some reason still had some pliability in it so I was able to remove the trim without having to slice off the excess rubber.
So, now that I had a properly running and registered car, it was time for me to address a few things that were bothering me. So I hopped in and headed down to Classic Car Nagoya to raid their parts car. I came back with these:
My little trim pieces that sit behind the door handle were both cracked and broken.
The pieces I lifted from the parts car weren't quite as black, but they were both very solid.
Installed, I think it looks much better!
The cigarette lighter needs a bit of cleanup, but it looks a lot better than not having anything there!
My Life actually had proper three point seat belt mounts in the frame, but it was just rocking lap belts. Even the buckle had the little attachment for the shoulder belt. I couldn't find any proper Honda shoulder belts at CCN (the parts car used winder belts), so I dug through their collection of seat belts until I found some shoulder belts that would fit. They're a little long, but they sung up well and look pretty good! The added safety is also a plus in a car this small. I'd much rather have a bruise across my chest instead of digging my face out of the windshield. Please excuse the terrible picture, the sun was quickly going down when I finished getting everything installed. I'll grab a better picture the next time I get some free time in the daylight!
I'm stoked to be driving this thing as a daily, it's going to make my commute to work and back hugely entertaining!
Thanks for reading guys!