also the pin that aligns the slide is just that, a little pin. it goes in a groove on the side of the carb so that the inlet side stays lined up as it moves up & down. so i pushed it out, smeared some jb weld over the hole, drilled a matching hole on the other side and put the pin in there. then the slide does the exact same thing it ever did, except faces the other way. WAM! took like 5 minutes maybe?
I also found a slide that just had the grooved slot on the opposite side and that also worked. there's no other difference in directionality (except the choke i guess but i dont need dat)