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'American Chopper' Son -- Out to Destroy Dad

4/15/2010 1:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The oldest son from "American Chopper" has escalated the war against his father by opening up a rival motorcycle business -- and he's making the whole thing incredibly personal.

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TMZ has learned Paul Teutul Jr. is starting a competing shop to go head-to-head with his dad's Orange County Choppers shop.

But here's the catch -- Junior has recruited a bunch of disgruntled employees who left his dad's place ... including his brother Mikey Teutul and friends Vinnie DiMartino, Robert "Nub" Collard and Joe Puliafico.

We're told Senior has no idea about the mutiny ... that is, until now.

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61.

What Da    

Talk about good timing. I thought something was funny when out of the blue. American Chopper was coming back on TV.......Should be very cool to see a new bike company start up and grow. Im actually interested. Atleadt Mikely will have some money coming. He was looking very depressed. I wouldnt know anyone who would hire such a old fat guy that has no marketable skills....He is perfect for TV.

1563 days ago
62.

sherri    

How is it he brought Vinnie back to start this business? Vinnie already has a business with Cody and they are going to be on their own series.
Sad state of affairs. Both father and son are acting like a couple of kids. Grow up!

1563 days ago
63.

kc    

Sr. is a dry drunk...claims to be a recovered man who is out of control....arrogant, angry, pissed off old man....sad..his son made the business and Seniors ego was to big to get out of the way..he deserves everything he gets...

1563 days ago
64.

Big D    

Bummer...the show is over and now the greed sets in....whatever. Let them fight it out. The 15 minutes are up......

1563 days ago
65.

electriczipper    

Its all about the bikes man...yeah right

1563 days ago
66.

Chief    

It is the natural order of things for the next generation to strike out on it's own... However, there is no need to be beligerent about it... In the end they are still family and that relationship should not be severed on the basis of being prideful...

1563 days ago
67.

Roger    

He won't be happy till he puts his dad in the grave.

1563 days ago
68.

Murph    

Dad was a butt-hole anyway. If you ask me, OCC choppers weren't all that, they were just lucky. There are many more bike shops ouy there that make way better bikes, they just didn't get picked to do a "reality show". Same goes fot the entertainment industry. For every successful artist, there are hundreds more with more talent in their little finger, just haven't had a break or a mom and that will pay their way.

1563 days ago
69.

RC    

Uh welcome to 3 months ago. Jr has been building bikes on his own for a bit.

1563 days ago
70.

TheUltraworld    

The old man was in the metal railing business. Jr came up with & fabricated all those bikes, while his father constantly broke his balls. There's an older brother who bought the railing business & wont have anything to do with the father. 3 of his sons & ex employees that left cant all be wrong

1563 days ago
71.

steve    

to bad the market for custom bikes will be going down not a good time to open a competing business. Jr. should stick to his idea of the corporate partnerships will be better on the long run

1563 days ago
72.

jetcitywmn    

guess daddy will have to pay some new people to yell at ...



you go Junior .. i can't believe you stayed as long as you did with that miserable SOB...



good luck with the new shop !!!! i'm sure it will ROCK

1563 days ago
73.

Frankie    

Paul Sr. told Jr. that he was nothing without him over and over again. The gloves are off. Sad.

1563 days ago
74.

Tony The Dong    

Paul Jrs Web Site Dosent even work says comming soon way to go cant even keep a web site going thats why he was booted out

1563 days ago
75.

santa    

It WAS a tv show with actors not bike builders

1563 days ago
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