A car that was an Olympia man's biggest comfort after the loss of his dad has been found, just blocks from where it was stolen Thursday.

The one-of-a-kind 1979 El Camino was in perfect condition after it was rebuilt by John Conner's dad.

It was my dad's passion, hot rods were my dad's passion, he told KING 5 on Friday. The more you look at it, the more you really start seeing that there wasn't a part of it that was untouched.

His dad, 72-year-old Bob Conner, often told John he wanted his five-year-old grandson to be able to drive the El Camino one day.

Bob passed away in February, and the family was still coping with his death when the car was stolen from his garage.

The thieves somehow disabled the alarm at his father's house, then broke a window, entered through the home, and went into the garage.

John was devastated.

That's my dad. That's a piece of my dad,and I want it back, he said.

On Sunday, he called KING 5 to say the car had been found at an apartment complex just a few blocks from where it was stolen.

The only damage was to the steering column because the thieves hot wired the car.

Police took fingerprints off the car but no arrests have yet been made.

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