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 Posted: Jun 16, 2017 09:22AM
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That looks a lot like mine except there is about an inch to an inch and a half distance from the bracket to the bottom of the seat .

To address the question about being a 1971, the person I bought it from imported it in 2012. He had advertised it as a Leyland. Although it is currently regestered as an Austin. To add to the confusion the original VIN plate on the car is XAV1 XXXXXX N which should be a van but it's not a van conversion.

 Posted: Jun 16, 2017 08:44AM
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Maybe these will give you a better idea.

 Posted: Jun 16, 2017 08:26AM
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Upon further inspection what I thought were attached nuts are clearance holes in the center mount. On mine the seat pivots are attached to a sheet metal U channel to which the plywood seat is attached. There is not a frame attached to the body work like yours. There is a piece of sheet metal attached to the U channel on the bottom of the seat which matches up with the mount. There is about 1 1/2 inches between the bracket and the bottom of the seat. I think there must have been a sheet metal or rubber spacer to support the center of the seat.

Unfortunately I can get my photos to upload to show the bracket

 Posted: Jun 16, 2017 06:25AM
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The original photo seems to have an issue.
This is from a 1964 Traveller.
The pins that pivot are there and attach to the wood in the second photo which flips forward and up against the back of the front seats. The back seat back flips down to become the base of the expanded cargo area.

The blue photo is not may car, but actually shows the seats in the expanded cargo position.

 Posted: Jun 16, 2017 05:49AM
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Green93:

You say your estate wagon is a 1971 ?, weird the last true mini estate wagon was built in 1969, unless by chance it is a South African Leyland built wagon which discontinued production in 1971

Chuck H can just maybe jump in here

Or, it could simply be the fact that your vehicles'age has been misrepresented along the way

Not pointing any fingers here just trying to clear up the problem

Big AL ( The Robin Hood of the mini trade)

austinmorris@xplornet.ca

Niagara Ontario Canada

 Posted: Jun 15, 2017 08:03PM
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In typical mini fashion mine looks nothing like yours. The front of my rear seat has pins on both sides on which the seat pivots forward. There is no frame below it. Upon closer inspection the center brace does not appear to do anything. It's about 3 inches below the bottom of the seat with two captive nuts but there's nothing on the seat to attach it to. I'll try to attach some pictures tomorrow

 Posted: Jun 15, 2017 04:44PM
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Picture of the support in question I beleive:

 Posted: Jun 15, 2017 04:10PM
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I would think Somerford (sp??) or Mini Machine would carry that piece....

Cheers, Ian

 Posted: Jun 15, 2017 02:56PM
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It's a standard Mini. Not a clubman

Thanks for the info. I'll have to make a new center support since I assume a real one is no longer available.

 Posted: Jun 15, 2017 12:07PM
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A 1971 mini wagon, would that be a clubman ?

Big AL

austinmorris@xplornet.ca

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 Posted: Jun 15, 2017 11:52AM
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Center support. Painted. No cover.

 Posted: Jun 15, 2017 11:30AM
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My 68 (a fading, distant memory) did not have anything along the front of the rear seat, except maybe a centre support for the cross-member down to the tunnel.  I remember that much from the late winter night a cop with a big flashlight tried to see under and asked what I had in the tool-box. I opened the back doors, knelt in, flipped up the seat and produced the tackle box I used for a tool box. "Just tools, see?"

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"Hang on a minute lads....I've got a great idea."

 Posted: Jun 15, 2017 09:46AM
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I have a 1971 mini wagon. I am curious what goes under the front of rear seat? Is there a one piece center support and cover or are they two pieces a center support and a cover? Any ideas where I can get one?