Paul Jr. Designs

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Coordinates: 41°31′49″N 74°08′07″W / 41.5304°N 74.1352°W / 41.5304; -74.1352

Paul Jr. Designs
Type Private
Industry Motorcycle, Clothing
Founded 2009
Headquarters Rock Tavern, New York, USA
Products Custom motorcycles, branded clothing
Employees 7
Website pauljrdesigns.com

Paul Jr. Designs (PJD) is a lifestyle brand motorcycle customizer and clothing vendor based in Rock Tavern, New York, USA. Paul Teutul, Jr. founded the design firm in 2009 after waiting out a one year non-compete clause with his former company, Orange County Choppers (OCC).

Teutul opened the motorcycle company in April 2010. TLC then commissioned a spin off series titled American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior, based on the original series American Chopper which ran for 6 seasons, now featuring builds from Orange County Choppers and Paul Jr. Designs.[1]

Key personnel[edit]

  • Paul Teutul, Jr. – Founder/Owner/Chief Designer and Fabricator
  • Vinnie DiMartino – Chief Mechanic and Machinist
  • Brendon Thompson – Fabricator/Assembler
  • Cody Connelly – Assembler/Mechanic/Machinist
  • Joe Puliafico – Senior Office Manager
  • Robert "Nub" Collard – Graphic Artist/Painter (outside contractor)
  • Rachael Teutul – Clothing Designer/Office Manager (wife of Paul Jr.)

Bikes featured on American Chopper[edit]

Cadillac build off[edit]

GM/Cadillac challenged both Orange County Choppers and PJD to design a bike using the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V-automobile as the inspiration. Proceeds from the auction of the bikes would be donated to Cure Duchenne.[19] Orange County Choppers designed a traditional classic but technical bobber bike, while PJD designed a "stretched-out" chopper with smooth lines, airbags that lower and raise the bike with no kick stand, and actual parts from a CTS-V.

After the fan votes were tallied, PJD's bike was declared the winner.

Biker Build-Offs[edit]

2011[edit]

The December 5, 2011 edition of American Chopper was a special two-hour episode featuring a three-way build-off between PJD, OCC, and Jesse James.

Inspired by an actual Titan T-51 Mustang that was brought into the shop,[20] PJD built a bike in tribute to the 3/4 near-scale replica kit plane. The bike has rivets with round heads that stick out like the T-51 and, despite having plenty of room, has four exhaust outlets per side.[21] A real North American P-51 has rivets that are flush and six outlets per side for its V-12 engine.[22]

OCC opted for their most radical design to date, an all-electric prone-rider tadpole trike with caterpillar tracks instead of wheels. James fielded one of his traditional hand-built choppers.

On December 6, during a live edition of American Chopper, PJD and the T-51 Mustang bike won the online fan voting and was declared the winner of the buildoff. James came in second, with OCC coming in last.

2012[edit]

The following year, the three teams would face-off in a rematch, with Gas Monkey Garage (featured on the Discovery Channel show Fast N' Loud) also in the competition. A major point of contention in this build-off was Jesse James' failures to meet the deadlines for completion, requiring extensions each time. Gas Monkey Garage was especially upset, eventually leading to heated confrontations with James at the live build-off results show on December 12.

PJD would wind up repeating as Build-Off Champions, with their bike inspired by classic cars winning the fan voting. The bike was highlighted by the use of an actual grill from a '39 Chevrolet, around which the rest of the bike was built.

Other projects[edit]

  • A municipal dog park for Montgomery, New York.[23]
  • Coleman's 10th anniversary "Roadtrip Grill"[24]
  • A racing 4-wheel ATV (quad) for Blingstar
  • Assisted in designing a dragon themed gun for Red Jacket Firearms (as featured in a crossover episode of American Chopper and Sons of Guns).
  • A custom 2012 Chevrolet Camaro muscle car (as featured on a special episode of American Chopper)
  • A motorcycle themed playground set designed and built by Cre8Play
  • Assisted in designing custom bicycles based on the "Black Widow", "Anti-Venom", and P-51 Mustang motorcycles for Dynacraft
  • In April 2014 Paul Jr. Designs was engaged to build two choppers for Blizzard Entertainment, representing the two factions (HORDE & ALLIANCE) in the MMORPG World of Warcraft. There was a vote on which bike will be implemented in the next WoW Addon. The Horde chopper won the vote, and will supplied free to Horde characters on WoW accounts which log in before September 30, 2014 . The Alliance chopper will be available in exchange for in-game currency at some point in the Warlords of Draenor expansion. Azeroth Choppers

Brand Extension[edit]

On the October 15, 2012 episode of American Chopper, it was revealed that PJD had branched out with the creation of PJD Studios, which provides logo design, branding services, and marketing services (including FX and computer animation) for clients. Originally based in a small room at the bike shop, Paul Jr. then decided to buy a building in Newburgh, NY to house the new venture as it looks to expand.

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  18. ^ "Black Widow Bike by Paul Jr Designs". designbyjoyce.com. March 5, 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  19. ^ "Cadillac Build-Off". August 28, 2011. Retrieved August 28, 2011. 
  20. ^ "EAA News – Titan T-51 Inspires American Chopper Project". Eaa.org. December 1, 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-11. 
  21. ^ "Paul Jr. Designs Photos : TV : American Chopper". Dsc.discovery.com. January 2, 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-11. 
  22. ^ "North American P-51D in Detail (Revisited) – Fuselages". Ipmsstockholm.org. Retrieved 2011-12-11. 
  23. ^ Village park goes to the dogs, Meghan E. Murphy, Times Herald-Record, December 10, 2009 (Retrieved October 22, 2010)
  24. ^ "Coleman, Paul Jr. Designs team up for tenth anniversary of the Roadtrip grill". Coleman. April 13, 2010. Retrieved September 13, 2011. 

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