Mikey is thinking about leaving American Chopper the tv show in order to reconcile his differences with his Father, Paul Sr.
On the 10/3 American Chopper’s episode, a conversation with Senior takes place where he admits he wants all of the negativity to be pushed aside and he wants to have a positive relationship with his sons.
In the same breath Paul Sr. mentions moving forward he doesn’t want to have a negative impact on his businesses, specifically mentioning his restaurants.
I think Senior is missing the point and doesn’t realize the months / years of talking bad about his sons and the affect it had / has on them. Jr. and Mikey also have suspicions with Sr. All if a sudden wanting to make up and have a relationship. Mikey is skeptical of his Father wanting to have a positive relationship and has a strong feeling that Sr’s intentions are not in the best interest of his kids, but rather is trying to “patch” things up to benefit OCC, his business.
If a relationship is started back up, Sr. will have to understand his sons will want to discuss what was said in the past and question Sr’s motive / true feelings for his kids!
OCC faces foreclosure in their new headquarters. The rumors were not too far from the truth. Most stated it was a tactic to reduce their mortgage, etc. When in reality the new building costs way too much to maintain for a business who is struggling with the current economy.
Paul Sr. still owns the old Iron Works building and was considering moving back to the old building. However, when Senior and Jim Quinn visited the old building they quickly saw how much damage a Winter storm left, pretty much destroying an entire section of the back of the building. Six months prior the building was occupied by Orange County Iron Works.
Just when you thought it could not get any better, Paul Teutul Sr. and the crew from Orange County Choppers including Jason Pohl and Jim Quinn, take bike building to the next stage. The LIVE stage that is. Paul Sr. challenges his crew to get an OCC Greenie bike built in front of a live audience. Paul Sr. and his team bring the high energy and drama that you see on television to life. The interactive show features music from OCC: The Band, exclusive video footage plus a question and answer session with fans.
Also, on display will be some of OCC’s quintessential choppers such as the Fire Bike, POW-MIA bike, Comanche and more. And to top it all off, one lucky fan attending the show will ride away with an OCC motorcycle.
4-0, Judges awarded in Paul Jrs. favor ; Paul Sr. needs to make an offer to Jr. in order to purchase Jrs 20%.
With or without Lawyers, let the negotiating begin.
Paul Srs Lawyer is going to discuss with Jrs Lawyer to see if they can reach an agreement.
More info to follow…
Paul Teutul Sr.’s love of riding and fabricating custom motorcycles dates back to the ’70s, inspired by such films as Easy Rider and Marlon Brando’s quintessential The Wild One. Since then he’s worked in steel fabrication, nurturing his Orange County Ironworks into the booming commercial business it is today.
But it was Orange County Ironworks’ very success that allowed Paul Sr. to pursue his passion for building motorcycles in his downtime, and in 1999 he recruited his son Paul Jr. to become the chief fabricator and designer for a new enterprise: Orange County Choppers. OCC jumped on the scene at Daytona Biketoberfest 1999 with “True Blue,” a classic chopper built in Paul Sr.’s basement.
Paul Teutul Jr. — aka Junior or Paulie — was born with sheet metal in his blood. From the age of 12, he spent his summers at his father’s steel business learning all the skills of fabrication that he would later use building motorcycles. While in high school Junior also took part in a Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCE) program, which allowed him to further hone his craft.
Soon after graduation Paul Jr. went to work for his father’s Orange County Ironworks, becoming head of its railing shop. But as his father began to spend more time building motorcycles for pleasure, he approached his son to assist. It was then that Paul Sr. recognized his son’s design and fabrication talent, and with his blessing, Junior left the rail shop to help establish Orange County Choppers as a business in 1999.
That year, the father-and-son team debuted their bikes in Daytona to massive interest. After working as the chief designer and fabricator at OCC, Paul Jr. is ready to go out on his own. Paul has just opened Paul Jr. Designs — his startup shop located across the street from OCC’s original site. Jr. heats-up the competition by bringing back former OCC employees including his brother Mikey, Vinnie DiMartino, Robert ‘Nub’ Colard and Joe Puliafico.
Like his brother before him, Michael — known as Mikey — went to work for Orange County Ironworks at age 12, working on and off until he graduated from high school. From there he went on to community college, but after a series of zeroes he realized it wasn’t quite his scene. So he returned to work at his dad’s company.
Mikey toiled at Ironworks until he turned 20, when he moved to Tempe, Ariz., and went through six different jobs in five months:
bouncer at a bar, which didn’t work out because it interfered with his night life;
busboy, which didn’t work out because he was “treated like crap”;
telemarketer selling cell phones and cell-phone service, which didn’t work out because he hates being bothered at home by telemarketers;
valet-parking attendant, which didn’t work out because they made him run — and shave; and
movie-theater guy, which was enjoyable because he didn’t really do anything but see free movies.
But overall, Arizona wasn’t quite Mikey’s place either, so Rock Tavern beckoned once his money ran out.
Back at home Mikey did carpentry with a friend for a year before again returning to Orange County Ironworks and working with his brother Daniel. Then, after two years of a job that was “unrewarding, cold and cruel,” he went to a tavern one January night and met the man who would advocate his hiring at Orange County Choppers: Rusty, aka Russell Muth, producer of American Chopper.
Mikey was soon on board at OCC, answering phones, picking up parts, popping bubble wrap and taking out the trash. But within two weeks of starting his new job he was on the road attending bike shows with his brother and father, and his stand-in was already outperforming him.
At that time, Mikey’s taste for booze and the party life increased with his wild friends egging each other on. Shortly before entering rehab, Mikey took up painting at the suggestion of one of the show’s producers. The timing was perfect, a spiritual intervention of sorts that supplied Mikey with a creative and therapeutic outlet as well as a much needed hobby after completing the program.
Mikey, who has a knack in his portraits of capturing emotion, recently opened his own gallery in his hometown of Montgomery, N.Y., where he will exhibit his art as well as open his doors to other local artists.
Mikey has followed his brother Paul Jr to help him with his new business, competing with Sr. and OCC.
A flurry of rumors flew around the Web that the TV-famous Orange County Choppers was bankrupt.
Paul Teutel Sr.’s bike works has a long history of legal melodrama, including the nasty lawsuit between colorful Paul Sr. and Jr., as Junior went his own way. But the current posts making the rounds refer to a foreclosure lawsuit actually filed in November (according to a report here in OCC’s hometown Newburgh, N.Y., newspaper here) by GE Capital, the lender for OCC’s headquarters building.
According to the report, the bike works, like lots of homes, is underwater on its two mortgages. It missed payments in July, which OCC’s lawyer told the Times-Herald Record was a ploy to get GE to renegotiate the $12.5 million in loans on a building he estimates now worth no more than $8 million.
OCC and GE apparently are playing chicken, but the lawyer, Richard Mahon, told the paper that OCC and Paul Sr., in November at least, were not broke.
MONTGOMERY, N.Y. — Authorities say a roofer working at “American Chopper” co-star Paul Teutul (TUH’-tul) Jr.’s new motorcycle business fell through a hole and died.
Police in Orange County say the Middletown roofing company employee stepped backward into a hole that had been cut in the roof and fell 40 feet Tuesday morning. They say the 26-year-old man from Beacon, whose name hasn’t been released, died at the scene in Montgomery, 60 miles north of New York City.
Teutul is leasing space in the building to open his own motorcycle shop. He and his father, Paul Sr., had a falling out but plan to go head-to-head this fall when the cable TV series resumes.
Neither Paul Teutul Jr. nor other cast members were at the building when the accident happened.