What Happened to Javier “Shorty” Ponce From Iron Resurrection?

Shorty, the former star of the automotive reality show ‘Iron Resurrection’ was a member of the show’s team of mechanics and was beloved by the audience. He had gained a lot of popularity in the show as a very brilliant painter in ‘Martin Brothers Customs’.

However, the star disappeared from the show and didn’t appear in the fourth season released in 2020, which left a lot of the audience wondering and in question about what actually happened to him.

Who is Javier “Shorty” Ponce?

Image of Javier “Shorty” Ponce on Iron Resurrection
Javier “Shorty” Ponce on Iron Resurrection.

The full name of Shorty, who is a former star in the television reality show ‘Iron Resurrection’ by Velocity Networks, is Javier Ponce. He became popular by this name from the show.

In the show, Joe Martin- the show’s main mechanic, and his team of expert welders and fabricators rebuild beaten-down autos and transform them into something that is mind-blowing. The first season of the reality television program was aired in 2016.

Ponce, who is the right-hand man of Joe, works with the team to transform rusting automobiles into stunning works of art that are guaranteed to attract attention. It was at the very early age of 12 that Shorty started to work on cars.

His fascination with cars has only been growing ever since. He is extremely committed to his profession and has a strong desire to work with automobiles.

Javier now owns his own venture in the automotive industry, which he decided to endeavor after working in the industry for more than 15 years. He was one of the fan favorites in the show Iron Resurrection and shot into fame through the show.

Why did Shorty Leave Iron Resurrection?

Shorty had appeared in the reality show Iron Resurrection since its beginning in 2016. Being one of the fan favorites, he was constantly on the watch of the audiences in the first, second, and third seasons of 2018.

However, the audiences and his fans were perplexed when he wasn’t featured anymore in the fourth season which aired in 2020. They were confused about whether he left the show or was fired by the producers from the show.

After a lot of fans questioned his disappearance, the show released a statement explaining Shorty’s absence. The reason is said to be his family business.

It also explained that Javier had recently become a grandfather and thus wanted to spend time with his family. Shorty himself released a video on Facebook explaining why he left.

In the video, Shorty shares his appreciation for his fans and thanks them for questions regarding his leave. His statement at the end of the video saying “who knows, you might see me back in the future” leaves the possibility of his return in the show open.

What is he doing now?

After leaving Iron Resurrection, Javier Ponce spent most of his time with his family and focused on his own business. He runs ‘Shorty’s Custom Paints’ with his wife which works on car customizations.

The business also sells merchandising items like T-shirts and caps through its website and Instagram handle.  Shorty also hosts several events related to automobiles.

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