Lot 249 – 1935 Graham 73 Special


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 Graham 1935 73 Special 6 4-door sedan, mileage since restoration 3,011 miles

One bright sunny day—I went to the Swap Meet at Puyallup, WA.  There I met a good friend, Jim Heath, who has 4 Grahams and he talked me into buying the 1935 Graham.

The guy who was sell it wanted $3000 cash, which I did not have with me at the time.  So, I borrowed the cash from Sandy Olson, the man who sells gaskets.

Jim was going to drive it home for me, but, on the way the engine started knocking real bad—so, Jim left it at a friend’s house, went home, got his trailer to haul it home.  I started working on it shortly thereafter.

1st thing was to pull the engine.  I found out that the nuts on the connecting rods were loose, also, the crankshaft had one journal that was seven thousandths out of round.  I had the crankshaft ground and the bearing rehabilitated.  Then I had the block bored, added new pistons and ground valves and lined board main bearings.  I found the radiator to be ok.  I overhauled the transmission, checked rear end all okay!

I had to reline the breaks and repair the master cylinder.  Then I started doing the body work.  Removed all paint, etc.  Took body off the frame, sand blasted it-acid edged the body, then sprayed it with epoxy primer.  Then took it to the paint shop to have it painted.  The pant color is 1936 ‘Harlequin Tan.’

Had to repair front seat wood before having seats reupholstered at the Upholstery Shop in Tacoma.  I had the wood graining done by a fellow in Seattle.  I made 27 grill bars and had them chrome plated for the car.  Sure enjoyed working on it for 14 years.

Finished the restoration by 1995.