I bought the Monte back in 2003, a year after I graduated High School. My '94 F150 was in a bodyshop being fixed (Long story involving an icy parking lot and my friend hitting my car while doing donuts) when I spotted my car sitting in one of the bays.
Even knowing absolutely nothing about Montes (Or cars for that matter) at that point, I still knew that it looked mean as anything parked there, and that I wanted it...bad. Turns out that it was the shop "beater" and was for sale(That alone should have been a warning...). A month or so later, I sold my truck and used that money towards buying the Monte.
It was slow, burned oil, had terrible exhaust work (True duals with one of the exhaust pipes routed below the crossmember...ground clearance of maybe 6"), a dirty grey split-bench interior, the works.
I loved it, my parents hated it.
I performed my first oil change on this car, and from there dove in headfirst and by this point have completed 3 engine swaps, converted from a carb to fuel injection (And changed to three different intake setups), created a custom interior, rebuilt the suspension, swapped in a new tranny/rear, etc. Pretty much the only thing I haven't touched is the body of the car itself, although a new paint job is in the works.
Oh, and why the name "SS ninja"?
Well, when I bought the car, it was big, black, noisy (Not in a good way either), and burned and or leaked every fluid possible. My friends used to say "Oh, here comes the ninja" every time I pulled up, since there was no missing my car as it was the least stealthy vehicle on the road.
- GMPP 350 "HO" crate motor
- Holley Stealth Ram
- Kirban adjustable fuel pressure regulator
- -6AN braided steel fuel lines (supply and return) from tank to fuel rails
- Racetronix "Hotwire" fuel pump harness
- Cleaned and flow-matched 22 lb/hr injectors
- Howell TPI harness with '730 Speed Density ECM
- Ramcharger electric fans
- Ceramic coated Hooker Competition full-length headers
- 2.5" Pypes x-pipe exhaust with GN style tailpipes
- Rebuilt 2004r
- 2200 stall converter
- B&M transmission cooler
- 8.5" 10-bolt with 3.42s, Eaton posi
- UMI non-adjustable tubular upper and lower rear control arms
- Bilstein shocks front/rear
- Hotchkis front upper control arms
- B-body front disc brake swap
- Stainless brake hard lines
- Front end rebuilt (Tie rods, centerlink, etc)
- Jeep steering shaft
GTA wheels with Sumitomo HTR Z 245/55/16 tires
Black, with custom scratches and orange peel.
- Custom black interior (All plastic panels dyed with SEM Landau black)
- Entire body sound deadened
- Grand prix dash
- Dash plate wrapped in 3M Di-Noc "Carbon fiber"
- Glowshift gauges (Speedo, tach, oil pressure, water temp, volts, fuel level)
- B&M megashifter
- Procar Elite bucket seats
- GSI "Raceback" rear seat
- GSI upper door panels and sail panel inserts
- Concert Sound II lower door panels
- Recovered rear deck and headliner with fabric from GSI
- Black carpet