09/11/2012 07:17 am ET Updated Sep 11, 2012

'American Chopper': Senior Receives Birthday Text From Estranged Son Mike (VIDEO)

It looks like the relationship between the Pauls Teutul won't be the only one making slow steps toward a healthier place on the new season of "American Chopper." Paul Sr. is trying to rebuild his relationship with son Michael as well. Mike left the show after last season. An old text on Senior's phone from Mike reads, "You lie, stay away from me please."

A couple of months later, Senior declared that it absolutely made his day to get a "Happy birthday" text from Mike on his phone. It's a far cry from having him working in the shop and on the show alongside him, but it's a huge improvement from that aforementioned previous text.

Senior also made plans with Junior to recreate the first bike they ever built together. The hope is that sharing this nostalgic project will help them improve their relationship as well. Huliq wrote, "It is a slow process, mending fences and calming hurt feelings." The article went on to say, "What better way to come together than to work on a project just for them."

Only time will tell how much healing can be done this season as "American Chopper" continues, Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on Discovery.

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