Hey, Doug: the clutch does work, though it's a bit sticky. What's involved in unsticking it? If it's anything like most mechanical things, I suspect it may loosen up a little if used (though maybe not), but what all is involved in unsticking one, just in case it gives me grief? Do I have to take the whole thing apart for such a procedure or is there a simpler way? Also, is there anything different that I need to do with this machine to get it ready to try to run it, or is it pretty much the same as any other machine I own when I first get it (ie. change the oil, put in a new plug, clean the carb, clean the points and give it a try)? Well, I know that I'll need some antifreeze too, but does that also create some other things i need to look into before I start it up? Do I need to check the head gasket in some way to make sure I don't have a serious problem before I start it up? I just want to make sure that I don't mess something up, something that if I only would have known I could have avoided. Or, am I better to take the whole things apart and go over it first? I'd really like to have it ready to go to the shows this summer if possible, though not at the expense of doing something ill advised and wrecking it. This machine is a bit of a learning curve for me. By the way, the instructions posted in the Manuals section of the forum for these are quite neat. I enjoyed reading about how after a day's work of 10 hours, you should drain the oil, let it sit overnight, then dump it through a strainer 80 strainer, and then put it back in the machine, adding fresh oil if necessary. A lot of the instructions are very different and very interesting.