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American Chopper: New Venture

15 Oct

October 15, 2012

Once again, I will update this blog as the show progresses, so check back throughout the hour.

Tonight on The New Adventures of American Chopper:
New Venture
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.

I hope this is better than the line of dog toys Paulie tried to launch during his no-complete period.

Meanwhile, the celebrity is David Letterman, so how stern is it?

Look how happy he is to sign autographs for his fans!

This episode is built around, in part, to Paulie and Senior’s trip to the David Letterman show. I did not see that episode but it aired back in August. I’m more interested in seeing Senior’s visit to PJD and his reunion with Vinnie. Vince has been fairly vocal in his criticism of Senior so let’s see how it goes.

Senior is continuing his old-school build for Sturgis, and PJD is starting a new build for RoadLok, a system to lock your bike’s front wheel. As I said last week, OCC is building the bike on the fly according to whatever Senior wants so for once the guys who know how to build and design a bike- like Rick and, I have to admit, Mike- are in charge and are not simply trying to recreate a kid’s sketch. PJD’s bike will be retro too.

Letterman: “I took Paul’s side in this.” (Scattered applause and a loud “yeah!” from the audience.)
“You said things in public about your family I can’t believe anyone would say.”
“Do you know that in certain places you behave poorly?”

Senior (smiling): “He hammered me a little.”

And that’s it. The Late Show stuff ran for about 5 minutes. At 9:15 it is back to the OCC build. Then at 9:17 it is back to PJD, who- and who knew?- created PJD Studios, to do commercials, animation, all kinds of graphic design. Ok, the reality is it is four or five guys in a hot cramped room, but even so, it is a smart move to diversify but Paulie says they need studio space. I say kick Mikey out of his waste of space studio and take over. Much like when OCC expanded, Paulie is going to find some space and build a studio. The bottom line is that Paulie has always been a visual thinker and designer. This “new venture” should be a nice fit. “It is so we can offer the clients we are working with a little more.”

Over at the Roadlok build, Vinnie was not liking the gas tank. “I guess Brendon and Cody like it.”
Paulie: “Looks good, huh?”
Vinnie: “If you’re Ray Charles.” “You know what I want to get you for your birthday? A pair of glasses.”
And guess what? At 9:53 Paulie decides to change the tank.

Cody, despite his missteps last week, is a good person and a good employee. This week, Paulie asks him to go the new studio space and do some demolition. He said “this isn’t the best work but I’m one of Paulie’s employees so whatever he needs done I’m here to do it for him.” Of course, that doesn’t stop him from attacking people in the shop with fireworks.

Senior, while test-riding his Sturgis bike, decides to pop in at PJD. The bike, BTW, is as long as a truck. Both Teutul’s seemed happy and Senior shook hands with the PJD crew, many of whom he fired or quit on him. Even Vinnie got a curt handshake and body language tells all, Vinnie immediately crossed his arms and looked like he wanted to be anywhere but next to Senior. He didn’t look uncomfortable, he looked angry.

“I think his shop is pretty (bleep) cool.” -Senior. “I think he learned a lot from me.”

Paulie has the idea to produce a commercial for the OCC Cafe, which is a nice fit in my book.
“I’m not paying you (bleep)” -Senior, laughing
“We’ll talk about it.” -Paulie, rubbing his hands and laughing
“You can have a cheeseburger.” -Senior

To wrap up the show, Senior goes to Sturgis and rides with Sugar Bear himself, who made the bike’s front end.

NEXT WEEK: In the midst of an all-day American Chopper marathon, there is no new show. As of this moment, it is all repeats next week. However, check back since Discovery has been known to release titles and descriptions late.

American Chopper: Junior’s Surprise

8 Oct

October 8, 2012


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.”


American Chopper (Season 8)
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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