G'day all, My 1800 camper has had intermittent gearbox issues for the last couple of years and it's now getting extremely troubling - being stuck twice yesterday in car park and at traffic lights unable to engage a gear. Please read on, I'd love thoughts and advice - particularly if it's a clutch or gearbox issue. BACKGROUND: I've had the car for 5 years and 2nd has always been a little firmer (kind of 'clicks' in) to engage but always went in and all other gears felt fine. Then after a while I noticed 1st was sometimes a little tricky to find but I developed a habit of going via neutral and 1st always went straight in. About 2 years ago after a service (where we also changed rubber bushing I think for gearstick?) I soon lost access to all first three gears after about 15 mins of driving. Took it back to mechanic and we changed out all the linkages. Over the last 1 year the gears have been intermittent with 1st and 2nd often very tricky to find and recently I've been caught and unable to find first or second for a minute or more. But at other times the gears work very nicely indeed. Have been previously advised that everything external to the box is tip top so must be in need of gearbox rebuild. I had resigned to that fact and figured next time it gets too bad I'll take it in and get the full rebuild on the box. DIAGNOSIS INFO: However, yesterday I was stuck at lights and resigning myself to hand over many thousands for a rebuilt gearbox. Then after getting home I noticed that when the engine was off gears went in and out no worries (would have loved to have discovered that while blocking traffic at lights), it was only when the engine was turned on that I couldn't find gears. Does this mean it might to be a clutch issue not a gearbox issue? So it's like the clutch is dragging. If I pull up in 2nd, then it can be hard to get out of gear and sometimes very very difficult to find a gear and can grind / knock into gear. When I can eventually find the gear I can happily sit there with foot on clutch and it's not like the drag is so bad that I notice the car trying to drive away. Other interesting point of note, it seems as if the trouble finding gears tends to be much improved when I first turn on the car. E.g. this morning all gears were easy to find in garage yet same thing last night I couldn't find a single one. So perhaps it might be heat related?... I CHECKED: I checked clutch cable and freeplay this morning and looked OK to me. I even went so far as to measure the travel of cable at the pedal and at the clutch lever. I guess I hoped to find that the cable might be moving far less at the clutch lever hinting a broken clutch cable mount or other movement in the cable. Interestingly I did find the travel at pedal was 25mm and at clutch was 16mm, but there will be some loss at bends along the way and this might still be right? I was going to try tightening the cable and noticed it was already at the end of the thread so nothing left to tighten. As I have a spare cable I was going to replace anyway but just as I was about to start I decided, it can't be the cable because (at least when completely cold) the gears shift fine - if it was the cable then regardless of warm / cold etc it would always be a consistent problem. So I didn't change the cable and instead logged on here to get some thoughts. MY THOUGHTS: I really don't know. But the fact that it engages when engine is off and appears, possibly, to vary depending on if hot or not makes me think it's a clutch dragging issue whereby for some reason, but not always, the driving plate may not completely disengage correctly? I could have a bash at a clutch plate myself, but that's a hell of a lot of work to afterwards find that it's a gearbox issue. In which case I'd have to pull the engine again and send the box away. I'm not well setup with a good garage so don't want to pull the engine more than once, but equally I don't want to pay for an unnecessary gearbox rebuild. I'd love thoughts on what might be wrong and particularly if it seems like gearbox or clutch. If you've read this far - thanks!