ALLIANCE, Neb. (AP) _ The creator of Carhenge, the automotive likeness of England's ancient Stonehenge, said he wants to promote American products and will remove one of three Japanese cars from the sculpture.

''We wanted it to be an American Carhenge, not a Japanese Carhenge,'' Jim Reinders said Tuesday. ''We want to bash Japan in our own little way.''

Reinders, a retired engineer from Albuquerque, N.M., included a Toyota, Subaru and a Honda when he built Carhenge out of old cars in 1987.

The Toyota and Subaru are among 16 cars buried trunk down, sticking 11 feet into the air. The Honda Civic sits horizontally atop two cars.

Others include Chevys, Fords and an ambulance.

He will put an American car in place of the Japanese model, which will be buried elsewhere on the 10 acre site owned by Reinders in the wheat fields north of Alliance in the Nebraska Panhandle.

Reinders has one offer of a replacement - a 1950 Plymouth, said Paul Phaneuf, of Friends of Carhenge.

Reinders will attend the Summer Solstice Festival at Carhenge on June 20, when 100 volunteers will add a Cadillac, dragging it 300 feet into place using a rope-and-log system believed used when Stonehenge was erected around 2000 B.C.

Stonehenge, a group of massive standing stones on Salisbury Plane near Wiltshire in England, served a religious purpose, researchers believe.