They say that first impressions are everything. Anyone who knows Matt Sirbas has learned a few things about him. First, he has one hell of a sense of humor. Secondly, he makes it very obvious that he puts as much love into his beard, as he does his truck. Believe us when we tell you that both his S-10 and his facial hair are well maintained.

Let’s explain the title of this article before diving into the juicy details of the build. When Matt first mentioned he had nicknamed his truck Raspewtin, we were left pondering a couple questions. Why did he name his truck after Rasputin, a Russian rebel who had a ton of haters? He did have a pretty sweet beard too, so that part kind of made sense. And if he did name his truck after this historical figure, why did he spell his name wrong? Spell check should’ve caught that one. It turns out Matt was right—in his own way. The name reflects the color of the truck: RASPberry and PEWter. Pretty smart.

Matt’s passion for trucks started 15 years ago while flipping through an MT issue. Inspired by what he saw on those pages, and the work his close friend Chris Evers was doing to his Ranger, the fuel to build his own truck was ignited. Eager to get started, Matt picked up a ’91 S-10, and with the knowledge and help he acquired from his friend, he was rolling down the street in his own custom built truck in no time at all.

Being from the Midwest, Matt knew that trends evolve quickly within the minitruck show scene. New trucks debut every year with bigger and crazier modifications, and Matt knew it was time to move on to something newer. Still drawn to the style of the Chevy, he picked up a ’99 S-10. Lucky, the bodydrop, suspension and metalwork were already completed by the previous owner. The pre-existing work gave Matt an advantage, but it didn’t stop him from taking the truck in his own direction.

I felt I accomplished something I had dreamt of for so long.

With the truck already coated in primer, Matt had a clean slate to work with. He dropped the truck off at the paint shop immediately to give it the glow that it so badly yearned for. We asked Matt why he chose the colors he did, and he said it was taken from the frame color of his first truck—a gleaming raspberry color. The pewter was an excellent choice for the two-tone, and the Tangelo Orange pinstripe separates it perfectly. After paint was completed, he realized that the interior was looking rough. It stood out like a sore thumb; especially with the exterior looking as good as it did. The dash and all the plastic pieces were ripped out, wrapped in color-matched leather or suede.

Cruising into Camp ’N’ Drag to debut the truck this past July was almost unreal. Matt said, “The whole drive to Lake Waveland was like a victory lap. I felt I accomplished something I had dreamt of for so long.” The show proved to be a successful debut for Matt, and along with his personal satisfaction, he was also able to share his creation with hundreds of others.

Matt admits that he didn’t exactly have a plan in place in regards to his S-10, which ended up costing him valuable time in the long run. He also admitted to losing motivation along the way but ensures us that Bill Baltikas (Balistik club president) always has a way to get his procrastinating ass back into gear. And although there are no plans in the near future to change anything on the truck, we know that one day Matt may just surprise us with something new and improved. But until then, you can guarantee that you will see his truck and his furry face at the next show … representing Balistik loud and proud.

The Lowdown
1999 Chevy S-10
Matt Sirbas • Hammond, IN • Balistik

Rolling Attire
Wheels: 18-inch Rocket Booster in Hyper Silver

Chassis Modifications
Suspension (front): Firestone ’bags
Suspension (rear): Firestone ’bags
Control Arms: Stock
Shocks: Nitro drop
Compressor(s): Viair 450
Air/Hydro Accessories: Old school M.I.C manual valve block FBSS
Frame Mods: Smoothed
Brakes: Stock
Misc.: Everything painted to match
Performed By: Adam Oster, Todd, and Nate

Body Modifications
Shaved: Gas door, sprayers, handles, taillights, tailgate, firewall
Bodydrop: Traditional
Body Mods: Frenched radiator, custom roll pan, fully smoothed and radiused bed (all in steel), boat gas cap in bed rail
Suicide Doors: No way, almost lost a finger last time!
Performed By: Adam Oster, Todd, and Nate
Paint
Brand & Colors: House of Kolor Raspberry & Pewter
Misc.: Hand-painted Tangelo pinstripe
Performed By: Cash Customs (Greg, Jeff, and Tim Cash)

Interior
Seats: Ranger split bench cut into buckets, covered with Wine and Pewter giant calf
Dash: Painted to match
Gauges: Stock
Misc.: All plastic pieces sprayed and pinstriped to match exterior, billet wheel and window cranks
Performed By: MC Customz, Cash Customs, owner

Stereo
Head Unit: Kenwood
Mids & Highs: Kenwood
Performed By: Owner

Engine/Performance
Engine: Stock
Intake: Stock Cavalier
Header/Exhaust: Pacesetter / Thrush
Transmission: Stock
Rearend Type: Stock
Detail Work: All bolts replaced with chrome Allen bolts, all wiring hidden
Misc.: Everything painted to match
Performed By: Adam Oster, Todd, Nate, owner

Special Thanks From Owner:
“Big thanks to Greg and the Cash Brothers for a LOT of long nights crunching for shows, Adam Oster and his guys for such great metalwork, Marco for taking on the upholstery a week before CND and knocking it out of the park, my Balistik family and my NR brothers for all their support, help, and keeping me motivated.”