18. The Teutuls weren’t the first choice to star
In the same interview, Piligian revealed that Orange County Choppers (OCC) wasn’t his first choice of motorcycle store. In fact, the Teutuls were only selected on the first day that American Chopper was due to shoot. Piligian didn’t believe that his chosen New Hampshire business had the right attitude, and decided to make a last-minute switch to the Teutuls, which proved to be inspired.
17. Paul Jr. once threw a chair in a heated argument with his father
American Chopper wouldn’t be American Chopper without its overblown father-son arguments. But, in 2009, Paul Jr. took things too far during a particularly heated dispute. In it, he threw a chair after being reprimanded for his lack of punctuality. Paul Sr. subsequently fired him and their relationship was never the same again.
16. Paul Sr. sued Paul Jr. for $1 million
Indeed, things got ugly pretty quickly. Paul Jr. briefly returned to the show as an independent contractor to honor the family’s deal with TLC. But he was then sued by Paul Sr. for damages of $1 million when he refused to sell his stake in the company. However, Paul Jr. fought back and managed to retain his share.