Gallery: Jacob Machowsky’s 1940 Dodge Business Coupe

Jacob Machowsky has been a hot rodder since the beginning. He has owned several types of hot rods over the years. Originally, a Kern County native, Machowsky would frequent the various meets in his area. After watching a couple of videos on YouTube, uploaded by Daniel “Surf City Dano” Patten, a resident of Huntington Beach, CA, Machowsky decided to move his family down to the City of Huntington Beach to be part of their hot rodding scene. He later became part of the Surf City Classics Car Club, run by Brian “Big Perm” Almas. The club has been meeting every Wednesday evening across the street from Papa Z’s restaurant in Fountain Valley, just after 6PM. Also, Machowsky is one of the promoters of the annual Huntington Beach Toy Drive and Car Show, held every December.

Just recently, Machowsky acquired a Pre-War Mopar that was custom built by the previous owner, Peter Menges, along with his brother, Scott Menges, both who own the Menges Twins Speed Shop, of Creston, CA. This 1940 Dodge Business Coupe is like no other. The original front end was replaced with a grille that came off of a 1941 Lincoln Zephyr. A traditional custom feature this car has is the five-inch chopped top. The exterior and interior are finished in black to show off the styling of the “Art Deco” period of the late 1930s/early 1940s. Ribbed trim from a 1940 Ford was added to the sides, along with an original dashboard to set the interior off.

Underneath the hood, is a 1954 331 cubic-inch Chrysler Hemi engine with 1955 cylinder heads, and a custom Isky camshaft. The “Camfather” himself, Ed Iskenderian left his mark on this mild-but-wild custom. Recently, the car took part in the 2018 Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California, and was the Car Kulture Deluxe magazine’s Best Kustom winner at the West Coast Kustoms’ Cruisin’ Nationals. The interior is black with the classic “diamond stitch” pattern, and a black Mongolian Faux Fur headliner. The body features custom rear fender skirts with fading wheel lips, shaved door handles, molded front and rear fenders, and custom brass taillights that contour the curved corners on the decklid.

Underneath the car, is a 8.8 Ford rear end with a 3.55 Posi-traction. The transmission is a World Class Mustang T5, which was manufactured in the late 1990s, and has a Wilcap adapter. This Kustom lays frame with a hydraulic suspension setup installed. The car also has a set of exquisite whitewall tires, which are period-correct for this build. Pinstriping and valve-cover lettering was added by Keira Brady, of Orange County, California. Just recently, Machowsky debuted the car in the 3rd annual Bombs Super Show at the Anaheim Convention Center, which is hosted by the folks over at Bombs Magazine.

On any given Wednesday evening around 7:30, you can catch Jacob cruising with members of the Surf City Classics Car Club down Main Street in Downtown Huntington Beach. The weekly parade of classic cars draws in crowds, and attracts the visiting tourists. People stand on both sides of the street to watch the classic cars go by. If you see Jacob driving this totally tricked out 1940 Dodge Business Coupe, you won’t be disappointed. This car is a real head-turner, and a tribute to the early hot-rodding days that took place after World War II. If you have a classic Mopar, or any other classic, you can be sure to join Jacob and his buddies from the Surf City Classics Car Club on this incredibly amazing cruise down Memory Lane.

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Maxx Kominsky

Feature Contributor Maxx is a Southern Californian hot rodder and classic car aficionado. With a passion for vintage surf rock, American iron and everything tied to these two genres, Maxx brings his love and passion to Mopar Connection with aplomb.

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