I plan on being well dead by 2103 thanks Stuart.
But in response, the car was stored in a garage under a car cover and driven every second weekend. So I doubt leaves are the problem.
The dial is pretty easy to turn but it does feel like there is some 'take-up' when you rotate it back and forth. Not to worry, I'll sort it out when I get time. If it's mechanical I've at least got half a chance.
The car has only covered 116,000kms so I'm thinking it probably is the original clutch. Seems heavier than I remember (heavier than my 80 series Landcruiser in fact) but I am a bit older...and softer.....