To Jim Smith,
The clutch itself feels hard to push and just a slight movement will stall the engine. The engine runs fine, has a good idle and throttle response. The transmission has no sensation of going into gear so, as mentioned by M.B. Doc, there maybe something disconnected internally.
I have yet to get this up in the air and do any troubleshooting. I find this to be an odd problem just as the local MB shop has.
This vehicle has 237,000 miles and is in good shape minus some external trim. I cannot complain abour the price - it was donated from a relative! I want to get it driveable as it will be a good second vehicle.