American Chopper

American Chopper Feb. 27 “Operation Reconciliation”

This week on American Chopper OCC builds an American eagle out of aluminum, Jr. finishes the One Call Concepts bike, and Mikey donates some of his weight to a four-year-old with leukemia.

The show starts when OCC gets commissioned by Wall Side Windows to build a bike for Veterans Airlift Command (VAC) in honor of our nations' wounded veterans. If you were wondering, the VAC provides free air transportation to wounded veterans and their families for medical and other compassionate purposes.

Inspired by the theme of flying, Jason draws up a screaming eagle complete with a headlight recessed inside an open beak and realistic 3-D talons running down the forks. After cutting the talons out of a 3-inch-thick billet of aluminum at 30 pounds each, Jim "engineered" them on the CNC mill down to only 12. That's still hefty for a motorcycle, and this would never work in mass production where these parts would be cast instead.

Speaking of pounds Mikey is losing weight to raise money for a four-year-old with leukemia named Will. Also participating with Mikey is the Mayor of Montgomery, Steve Brescia, who was dressed in his finest Under Armour for his TV appearance. Mikey and Steve top the scales at 350 lbs. and 222 lbs. respectively. Personally, I'd like to see them wrestle since they're both super heavyweights.

Meanwhile Jr. is back in his shop finishing up the One Call Concepts bike and eating chocolate donuts. Apparently he won't be joining his brother in losing weight for charity. The finished bike is super low, and even Mini-Me, Verne Troyer, probably wouldn't have trouble throwing his leg over the seat. I like the 811 racing theme especially with the start of NASCAR this week and the Daytona 500. And Daytona Bike Week is coming up soon too. All the digging tools cleaned up nicely once painted and chromed. I almost didn't recognize them from a distance.

American Chopper Feb. 20 “The Apprentice Bike”

This week on American Chopper Paul Jr. builds a bike for OCC.  No, not Orange County Choppers. This bike was for a company called One Call Concepts. Oh, the irony.

What is One Call Concepts? They’re the call-before-you-dig people, and their slogan is “When safety is on the line.”  Who better to represent that brand message than the Tuetul family, who are known to hit each other in the head with shovels and other flying objects.

Jr.’s plan is to “integrate everything that has to do with digging” onto the bike.  Here’s where the cake decorator criticism comes into play.  Shovel heads and pickaxes are randomly placed throughout.  At least the shovel seat idea was abandoned as too uncomfortable, even though nobody will actually ride this bike.

Meanwhile, the real OCC is finishing up the Donald Trump bike while Sr. is away filming the Celebrity Apprentice.  Rick says it’s hard not having Paul around to yell at him and complain.  I know I hate it when my boss is out of the office too, Rick.  Then Sr. makes a call, and the OCC biker gang assembles.  They dust off charity bikes built for the New York Jets, Giants, Firefighters, POW/MIA. . .but I’ve got to ask myself, why are all those charity bikes still around?  Weren’t they supposed to give them to charity?

And of course there’s more family drama on the show this week. Sometimes I think there are more therapy sessions in the kitchen than scenes building motorcycles.  Mikey didn’t say “hi” to Sr. and the two sides “conveniently” missed each other at the wake, and I was like “oh no he didn’t, girlfriend!”  The guys on OCC are starting to remind me a lot of the spoiled teenagers on the OC only with more tattoos.

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