American Chopper: Paul Teutul Sr. Answers YOUR Questions

Published 3 years ago by , Updated May 26th, 2011 at 6:56 pm,

american chopper paul sr answers your questions American Chopper: Paul Teutul Sr. Answers YOUR Questions

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After sifting through the hundreds of fan submitted questions for Paul Teutul, Sr., we talked to the famed star of American Choppers: Senior vs. Junior to get his answers to YOUR questions – and, boy, did he ever answer.

Besides talking about the impending foreclosure of OCC, Senior revealed what happened after Odie left his shop after being fired from Paul Jr. Design, why the Black Widow bike is no longer at OCC, when the new world headquarters will be finished (and why they’re building it), what it was like to watch the transformation of American Chopper: The Series into American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior and many (many) other questions fans have been wondering.

While not every fan question was answered, I believe that you’ll be happy with the information that’s provided below. If anything, it’ll certainly fuel the fires on the Discovery’s American Chopper forum. But hopefully, it’ll give you a better understanding of things from Senior’s perspective.

Oh, and how did Senior feel about the fan questions? He was elated. Here’s what Senior had to say:

You know what, they were good questions! I don’t usually get question like that – they’re totally the same questions day in and day out. It’s nice to have fresh questions.

So, without further ado, let’s get to YOUR questions and Senior’s answers.

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Hey Senior, how much are you benching nowadays? More than Junior, I bet!

[Laughs] Well, I sort of changed my work out a bit, but I was benching 455lbs.

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What kind of engines do you use? How many CCs are they?

You know, we use SNS Motors.  As far as the CCs goes, we pretty much go by horsepower and we go from 100 horsepower to 160 horsepower – depending on what the client wants.

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Just curious what brand of helmet you wear.

You know, that’s a good question because a lot of people recognize me from my helmet and a lot of people want that helmet. I don’t know what that is, to be honest with you. I found that helmet at an Easy Rider show about 20 years ago and I watch it like a baby. I take care of that helmet like it’s worth a million dollars.

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Have you ever had someone try to steal it?

I’ve had it missing for a little while and it was in my – I don’t know if you remember, I had my Ford explorer, the green one, that I wrecked my office with – I had it in there. I hadn’t been using that car for a while and I couldn’t find it – I was going crazy. It was probably missing for a month.

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I’ve been watching since the very beginning and was wondering: how long do you think you’ll be doing the show?

Right now, I think we have a 4-year option, which means that we’re that we’re kind of obligated to Discovery for 4 years – depending on whether they want to pick up the show or not. I believe we’ll do all four seasons, ya know. I’d say a minimum of 3 years.

[Editorial note: that's including the current season]

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Do you ever think of life after the show? Is that something you’re looking forward to?

You know, that’s a real good question. It’s almost a part of life now. It’s like it’s a part of life now, so you don’t even – I don’t know what it would be like to not have cameras around, ya know?

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Do you find it hypocritical that Junior fired Odie for the same reason that you said you fired him from OCC?

Yeah, absolutely. I mean, it’s almost – and a lot of people have said it – it’s almost an identical situation. When you watch the show, he’s doing the same things that Pauly did and Pauly fired him for the same things that Pauly did.

That’s pretty observant, though. Somebody is paying attention.

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What happened to Odie after he visited you at the shop?

Odie came and visited us and I think that, I think we were going to try and use him, but at that particular time we had enough people. I think he still stays in communication with Christian, but I believe he’s working someplace else. I would hire him back – I never had a problem with Odie, to be honest with you. He always showed up on time, he was a bit of a wise-guy, but he always did his job and showed up on time – and was always very respectful to me.

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Are you hiring welders?

[Laughs] A lot of people ask that. No, not right now. The team we have now is irreplaceable and it took a long time to [find] a bunch of people that meet your requirements – which are mine – and also have the same work ethic as I do. That’s a biggie. Work ethic is very important – that’s what the problem was with Pauly.

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Did you watch the first season of Senior vs. Junior when it aired? If so, how do you feel about what was shown?

I’ll be honest with you: I watched the first show and it upset me, so I really stopped watching. I don’t really watch the shows per say. I hear drips and drabs about it, but everybody is entitled to their own [opinion] and there are people that feel a certain way about him, and there are people that feel a certain way about me. So, it’s like the fans that are on Discovery chat room – I think that’s what it is? I don’t ever look at it, so I don’t know. Listen, we have millions and millions of viewers and I’m sure that it’s just a fraction that are commenting about it.

The way I look at it is, if a business-minded person is looking at it, they’re going to say that I’m on target. If a real motorcycle enthusiast is watching the show, they’re going to say I’m on target.

For the average person that watches the show – that’s not really a motorcycle enthusiast – and, listen, everybody loves the drama: that’s what makes the show popular.  I believe that those are the fans that are going to lean more towards Pauly – and there are a lot of them.

The thing of it is that the building is going into foreclosure.  Well, if you really think about it, probably ¾ of the people don’t really know what that means – and that’s not insulting them, you know what I’m saying? But they don’t. They don’t really know if that means you’re going out of business or if they’re taking the building back, so they don’t really understand – whereas a business person would really understand what’s going on there.

From a business perspective, I’ve been in business 38 years and I always seem to figure out something.

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Continue to page 2 for more of Senior’s answers to YOUR questions…

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  1. I been watching your shows from the beginning to the end and i am going to miss it, this has to be the best show i have ever seen and the only show i care to watch. This is really going to be sad not to see Chooper on TV. Ever tine yau”ll came on i turned it on the station to see it, hope you will be back on soon.

  2. I WOULD FIRST OF ALL LIKE TO THANK GOD FOR BRINGING YOU TO US !! OT IS VERY HARD TO HAVE A BUSINESS AND DEAL WITH ALL THE HEADACHES AND TRIUMPHS !! WHEN THERE IS FAMILY INVOLVED IT IS VERY HARD TO RUN THE HARD LINE WITH THEM BECAUSE THEY KNOW THEY ARE FAMILY !! ON A VERY VERY SOFT NOTE YOUR MOTHER WAS A DARLING LOVING SOUL THEY HAVE SO MUCH WISDOM THAN WE CAN EVER IMAGINE, MAY GOD REST HER SOUL !! I SINCERELY HOPE THAT YOU AND PAULIE CAN HAVE THE RELATIONSHIP, THAT A FATHER AND SON’S SHOULD HAVE, WITH RESPECT TO MIKIE AND THE OTHER KIDS !! IT WAS YOU SIR, WHO STARTED THIS BUSINESS AND BROUGHT THE BOYS ONBOARD !! I AM THINKING ABOUT BUILDING A EVEL KNIEVEL AND ELVIS TRIBUTE CHOPPERS!! WITH ALL THE INSIGNIAS AND NO ONE ELSE IS GETTING THOSE JOBS BUT YOU GUYS !! I LOVE WHAT YOU STAND FOR AND HOW YOU GUY’S LOVE AMERICA, JUST AS MUCH AS WE DO !! WHAT A MUSCLE CAR COLLLECTION !! I HOPE THE SERIES COMES OUT ON DVD I’LL BUY THE FIRST HUNDRED COPIES !! GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR CREWS ON BOTH SIDES AND THANK-YOU FOR SHOWING US THE WILDEST,BRIGHTEST,SHINYEST BIKES OF THE 21ST. CENTURY !! SWEET HITCH HIKER-1972 CREEDENCE !! TONY FROM N. CALIFORNIA !!

    • E-Mail. Bigjayclin@gmail.com Would like very much to get achance to meet you Sr. In person to get a signed picture of you & me., we both are the same age & Aries.

  3. Paul Teutul Sr, I have nothing but respect for you & my favorite Tv show of all time. I am currently injured very badly & may commit suicide soon as my tolerance for pain meds(opioids) is so high I can’t find a Dr. To prescribe high enough doses to give me a chance to do PT & recover. I live in NC but was born in the Bronx, so I am an “east coast man” also. If I survive I hope that I can meet you & that you will still have OCC at least as a “Museum” & can handle property taxes etc. Alot of your people will be finding new jobs wt. The Show canceled. I wish DISCOVERY would “pull another rabbit out of their hat & get AC another 4-5 years- for your and Jr’s sake as well as MINE. Charles L.

  4. Paul,just wanted to say thanks for the memories,you guys helped me through one of the darkest times in my life,i went through a very bad divorce in 2008,my life was spiraling out of control,i always wanted a bike all i could afford was a 07 vn900,i saw your show and was hooked,i took all that negative energy and thoughts and put it into my bike.I wound up with a pretty nice bike for what it was and got alot of compliments,people always asked me,what was your inseration and i would say TOO MANY EPISODES OF AMERICAN CHOPPER,LOL.Now I’m in the process of purcessing my first Harley and life is going great.I hope you and the kids can pack things up and get the family back together,good luck Paul,thanks again,Tom.

  5. Hello Mr. Teutul my name is Dave from PA I think your show is great I am sad to see you guys i mean family not getting along I have no tv for a while now so I dont know whats going on anymore I have my own stump grinding service for 11 years now winters are bad but i miss your show it kept me going I don’t have a family you could say sticks together hardly see my dad much my mom is a truck driver for 35 years or more and a guy she was seeing, his mother was a neighbor to your mom and my mom was up your shop with her friends she said you can watch the show behind the glass while taping but I really look up to you I am 38 almost 39 I struggled with addictions since I was 15 I am 8 years clean 3 years no alcohol I bought my first harley 1 year ago a 1998 Fatboy I wish I seen the light a long time ago this bike is what keeps me going my dad and uncle ride their whole lives but no one talks to each other but being sober is the best thing going but leaves me with every thing on my mind I don’t know what to do I am thinking of moving to florida to attend MMI motor cycle mechanics school I want better things in my life I used to race moto cross when I was 16 I even used to rebuild my own engines top end was easy splitting block once that was a challenge long time ago now I want to learn and take care of my own some time I would like to take a ride up. I really wanted you to know that I kicked all the things holding me back in life and I know you had struggles when I was 23 i was hospitalized for pancreatitus a few over doses also broke my second vertebrae I have a pin or a screw in my neck jeep accident in 2000 due to alcohol continued drinking for about 2 or 3 years then quit for 7 years time went by trying to stay busy then had a bad spell and started drinking again for about 1 year then I fractured my skull lost my sense of smell and taste for ever but I am sober 3 years solid with no desire. nothing good ever came out of my life up until now it’s my turn to take control I don’t like something I have control over control me. I always wanted to email you and tell you, I know you like when people are sober it makes me feel better even getting this out I’m sorry if I wasted your time I wish you and Paul Jr. the best I’m a Jr. too but no family that talks here that’s why I’m making a big change in my life, sorry about the punctuation. Can I ask you what school in your opinion would be good for me. I really want to work on bikes then I could work on my own I ride my bike now in between weather because I just spent my life savings on a 2000 4 door chevy silverado beautiful gave him 7500 dollars cash he gave me a 30 day warranty 3 times he had to pick me up on the rollback for the fuel pump said he replaced but didn’t so I paid 566 dollars to fix then I figured I will sell for 5500 dollars and start over a guy came with 5500 cash for the truck and the tranni went I had to sell back the truck to the dealer for 3500 because I had to replace the oil pump on my bike which cost 1125 dollars left me with 1600 dollars to buy a truck for 1600 dollars and the main seal went and the clutch so now I am scrapping it up junk yard for about 800 bucks I only got the Bike and no way to work with my stump Grinder so that’s what you call bad luck and that’s after changing my life for the better the whole bottom dropped out again I am sorry I’m bending your ear talking and getting things out feels good I lost 9600 dollars in a little time so that’s why I think I’m selling my trailer and going to florida even if it’s a pipe dream it’s still my dream so don’t feel down or be sad Paul just take a look at my life and believe me I could still bend your ear but I pretty much wrote a book I wish you and your family all the happiness in the world you, did great Paul. Love you guys, Dave.

  6. To Sr and Jr
    sorry about your truble.
    If one of you die . I promise you be sad rest of your life….
    You love your son and he Loves you..
    Provdnes kil al
    Be proud over your son, he have al your skils
    Son be proud over your father, he is the reason that you have wath you have.

    Love your bikes
    Best regards
    Björn Sweden

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  8. who is the producers name the one mikey intervied that had a little attitude?

  9. I miss this show very much and this was a type of show that the whole family could watch,laughing,arguing,fighting and gone fishing go on trips together

  10. I have the 2007 Web Bike Prototype that was built on “American Chopper” the series Season 4 Episodes 5 & 6. The bike is for sale on ebay; take a look if you’re interested!

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  11. Will swap home baked cakes to the value of web bike. Please consider as its alot of cooking .i don’t want things to get messy jst a clean swap let me know so I can order 2 ton of flour n get started.chris from oz .

  12. Hay paul sr i was wondering are go to be the walking dead tv show in season 4

  13. Hay paul sr i was wondering are go to be the walking dead tv show in season 4?

  14. Is paul sr.Teutul deceased or alive fox news reporte in 2012 he has died.

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  16. When you first started it was a family building and working together.I must say you people had everthing and now you have s*** loads of money ,but what happened to the fun of it.You Tutels are so dam stu ,million other people would make the best having family around them having fun in what you are doing I must say MONEY IS NOT EVERYTHING IN LIFE.If you dont learn something new every day you might as well be dead.Tuetals read this and get your s*** together.

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