Sioux Falls, South Dakota: Muffler Man: Mr. Bendo

Fiberglass giant arrived in Nov. 1965. Named for his muffler shop's Huth Tube Bender, which could bend a single metal tube into a twisty exhaust pipe. Moved to new Sioux Falls muffler shop in June 2018, but without his hand-held pipe.

Automotive Brake and Exhaust

2516 S. Minnesota Ave., Sioux Falls, SD
Automotive Brake and Exhaust. South side of the city. I-229 exit 3. Drive north one mile on US Hwy 229 BUS/S. Minnesota Ave. Mr. Bendo will be on the right, between 34th and 33rd Sts.
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Sioux Falls, South Dakota - St. Patty Effect: The Unfortunate Mr. Bendo
Muffler Man - Mr. Bendo: The tailpipe-hoisting icon of Buck's Muffler Shop in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, fell to a minivan on St. Patrick's Day. [03/18/2010] Complete Story...

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Mr. Bendo.

Muffler Man - Mr. Bendo

Mr. Bendo (along with Buck's Muffler business) is for sale!

[kemp0138, 02/28/2017]

Jerry Wallenstein has put his muffler business and big statue on the market.

Muffler Man foot cast.

Muffler Man - Mr. Bendo

I stopped by to meet Mr. Bendo today. As I was taking a picture, I spotted something just inside the door of the muffler shop - they had Mr. Bendo's CAST from his run in on St. Patrick's Day! It was even signed and cut like a real cast!! Super cool!

[Allee, 07/08/2011]

Mr. Bendo.

Muffler Man - Mr. Bendo!

Sioux Falls SD Muffler Man (Mr. Bendo) has been repaired and is back in action!

[jason, 06/15/2010]
Mr. Bendo

Mr. Bendo was replaced yesterday by workers and a crane operator after being hit by a drunken driver in Sioux Falls, SD a few months ago. The repairs took several weeks.

[Jeff Martin, 05/16/2010]

The Sioux Falls landmark returns after his crippling leg injury on St. Patrick's Day, repaired by volunteers and helped with money contributed by the statue's fans. According to the story in the Argus Leader, Mr. Bendo now sports a red shirt with gray paints. There are touches of gray in his beard -- perhaps the first on any Muffler Men, many which are now nearly 50 years old. Mr. Bendo is also decorated with a shamrock on his left lapel (as a charm against the next inebriated Irish reveler?).

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