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“Bug On A Bin” Turns Heads
Adam Ehlers has simple directions for anyone coming to his farm. He tells them to turn in at the farm with the VW Beetle on the bin.
“I live just off of Interstate 90 and would tell truckers and others to look for the bins by Exit 225. The only way the bins could be any closer to the exit is if they were on top of the interstate,” says Ehlers. “Then I’d watch them drive by and down the road to the next place. That’s no longer a problem since I hung the Beetle on the bin.”
The idea of displaying the car came to him gradually. Ehlers always looked forward to driving by the giant bull head and hammer at Porter’s Sculpture Park, Exit 374 (Vol. 31, No. 5).
“I’m not an artist, but I thought I could hang a VW Bug on a bin as a similar attention-getter,” says Ehlers.
His first thought was to cut the Bug in half and mount one half to the south side of the bin and one to the north. When he realized that would require additional reinforcement, he altered his plan.
“I removed the engine and transmission to make it as light as possible and had a friend help with his telehandler,” recalls Ehlers. “I attached two chains to the top wind ring on the bin. We lifted the car up with a third chain and hung it on the bin with all three.”
The Bug has stayed in place, although 60 to 79 mph winds did open the front hood. Ehlers decided to leave it that way.
“Maybe the wind will shut it sometime,” he says.
When meeting people away from the farm, he introduces himself by saying, “My place is the one with the Bug on the bin.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Adam Ehlers, 500 Elm Rd., Presho, S.D. 57568 (ph 605-280-6024).

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