There are too many stories like that sadly. There should be a special place in hell for people who would steal something so dear to another person. You put a ton of yourself into this car just to get it to that point.
Is the guy still doing body work? If so, be nice to know his name so the rest of us can avoid him in the furure.
70 Challenger RT 440-6, 73 Cuda (under const)
05 Durango, 99 Dakota, 01 Ram 4x4, 14 2500 4X4, 10 PCP Challenger RT, 01 Viper GTS ACR, 52 B3B w/330 Desoto Hemi, 70 Hemi RR, 61 Jeep FC170
9 x Challengers. AAR Cuda, 4 RR, 2 GTX, 4 Chargers, etc... (too many to list)