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American Chopper: Junior’s Surprise

8 Oct

October 8, 2012

THIS BLOG IS BEING UPDATED AS I WRITE IT. IT WILL BE UPDATED AND EDITED EVERY FEW MINUTES AS THE SHOW EVOLVES. I AM DOING THIS IN TANDEM WITH THE EPISODE THIS WEEK

Here at bmj2k.com it is Batman Week and in celebration OCC is working on a new Bat-cycle.

No they aren’t, here is what the gang is up to this week:

American Chopper (Season 8)
Junior’s Surprise
OCC starts a build for Sturgis, PJD unveils a high-tech bike for QUBX and the Teutuls finish their father-son build. Later, Junior and Senior take their new bike for a ride and Junior has a big surprise for his dad.

I wonder what OCC would do with this bike?

The big surprise was ruined for the viewers in the opening tease so I’ll ruin it for you too. Paulie gets an email from the owner of the original bike they are recreating. Neither Teutul has seen it in 10 years so Paulie makes a deal to borrow it to surprise his father with, alongside the new bike. What a coincidence that the owner decided to contact them, out of the blue, at this particular point in time after a decade. Anyway, Paulie is going to hop down to Florida, fix up whatever the bike needs, and bring it back so that when they take the new bike out for the unveil, Paulie can ride up on the original.

OCC is building a bike for the Sturgis rally, a bike like they have not done before (how many times have I written that about various bikes?) which Senior has always wanted to do. It’ll be a 60’s/70’s Easy Rider-style bike, long with two seats. This one is going to have shock absorbers (most of their bikes don’t) because Senior says “I want to ride this one.” As some of you pointed out last week, with the huge antlers on the Widgame bike, many of the OCC bikes are show pieces and not practical to ride. In fact, Senior often seems surprised when they are good to ride.

The Senior bike is using the twisted bars that Senior likes to make a sissy bar. He did the same thing on the POW bike. And speaking of unrideable, CLICK HERE to read about how the POW bike was so unrideable it was returned to the Teutuls.

PJD hit a minor snag when Cody got drill shavings on a carpet and Paulie “had to reprimand him a few times.” What a change from when Senior would scream at Paulie for leaving soda cans and tools and dirt all over the shop.

Strike Two for Cody- oil was leaking out of the front end of the QUBX bike because Cody left out the O-rings. This led to a dressing down by Vinnie, not to mention a lot of backwards work to undo the front end, put in the O-rings, and rebuild it.

With the tank painted and the tablet holder mocked up, the QUBX bike is looking good. The tablet mounts to the side of the frame and swivels to whatever position is comfortable for the user. Props to Vinnie for the design and fabrication.

Last week the tease was that Senior might be angry that Paulie had Nub do the paint. They ignored it last week and this week, at 9:38, Senior says “I’m waiting for Paulie to bring the gas tank from Nub” so that’s that. Way to go, Discovery.

Senior says that he spoke with Mikey a couple of day s ago, and Paulie says that since he’s been off the show he’s been happy, hanging out at Woodstock. If Mikey is getting his act together, which is long overdue, then good for him because he was a physical and mental wreck.

“I haven’t enjoyed being around my father this much since I was a kid.” Paulie. “I hope after the project we can figure a way where we can still spend time together.”

At the QUBX unveil, the fabrication went right up to the last possible minute, as right before the unveil they had to add on the last piece of the exhaust. I can’t say it’s my favorite PJD bike but it is different.

Junior presented Senior with a plate that said “Made in the USA TEUTUL” to mount in the bike as the final piece. But a bigger surprise was yet to come- the original bike. Senior was shocked and touched. He had a look of awe on his face.

“I thought it would be in a scrapyard someplace.” -Senior. Paul Sr. rode the original bike while Paulie rode the new one.

“I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed a ride as much as that one.” -Paulie, on riding with his father. “I honestly did not want it to end.”

NEXT WEEK:

American Chopper (Season 8)
NewVenture
Senior receives a stern, on-air lecture from a late night celebrity, Junior launches a new business venture and Senior visits PJD for the first time ever. Then, at Sturgis, Senior rides side by side with a bike industry icon.

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