1968 Ford Bronco VIN Decoder

1968 Ford Bronco VIN Decoder

Last Updated February 23, 2024 | Kevin Brent

Finding parts to restore your vintage '68 Bronco can be challenging. Knowing what parts came stock with your '68 Bronco model help keep your Bronco in running condition and help you maintain the vehicle's authenticity. Luckily, you can obtain this information by deciphering your Bronco's VIN and data plate.

Decoding the data plate can help you determine the series, body style, transmission, axle ratio, and color of your '68 Bronco. The vehicle's VIN will provide you with the engine code as well. Utilizing this data can aid you in refurbishing your Bronco to its original state and detecting any aftermarket components.

1968 Bronco VIN Number Location

If you're looking for your 1968 Bronco's VIN number, the easiest place to find it is on the frame rail. It's located beneath the engine, before the firewall. Depending on your engine configuration, it can be hard to read the VIN from the engine bay. If this is the case, turn the wheel as far to the right as possible and use a camera to take a picture behind the wheel well, above the frame rail. You might have better access to the VIN stamp from behind the wheel.

1968 Bronco VIN Plate Location

The full VIN plate, which includes codes containing your '68 Bronco's production information, is inside the face of the glove compartment door. The top line of the data plate displays the following code categories: color, type, body, transmission, axle, and DSO.

1968 Bronco Paint Codes
ColorCodeSampleNotes
Raven Black A
Pure White C
Sky View Blue E
Chrome Yellow G
Rangoon Red J
Holly Green L
Wimbledon White M
Boxwood Green P
Lunar Green U
Meadowlark Yellow W
Signal Flare Red Z
Pebble Beige 6
Harbor Blue 7

1968 Bronco Trim Packages

1968 was the final model year for the Roadster configuration. The heater and defroster were made standard for all Broncos from 1968 forward.

1969-1972 Bronco Trim Packages
FeatureSport
Exterior
Dual Windshield Wipers S
Windshield Washers S
LH Outside Mirror S
Argent-Painted Grille with Bright Aluminum Trim Surround and FORD Letters S
Chrome Headlight Rings S
Chrome Windshield and Window Trim S
Chrome Taillight Bezels S
Chrome Tailgate Release Handle S
Front & Rear Chrome Bumpers S
Front Chrome Bumper Guards (w/ Chrome Bumpers Only) S
“Sport Bronco” Emblem S
Bright Metal Wheel Covers (15-Inch Wheels Only) S
Interior
Parchment Vinyl Simulated-Carpet Front Floor Mat with Bright Metal Retainers S
Vinyl-Covered Door Trim Panels with Bright Metal Moldings S
Satin-Finish Instrument Panel Molding S
Cigar-Cigarette Lighter S
Satin-Finish Horn Ring S
Fresh Air Heater & Defroster S
“Bright” refers to chrome finish. “LH” refers to left hand and “RH” refers to right hand.

Related: Learn more about what came standard with your 1968 Bronco's trim package.

1968 Bronco Build Month
CodeMonth
C42000 - C55999 November 1967
C56000 - C69999 December 1967
C70000 - C83999 January 1968
C84000 - C97999 February 1968
C98000 - C111999 March 1968
D12000 - D25999 April 1968
D26000 - D39999 May 1968
D40000 - D53999 June 1968
D54000 - D67999 July 1968
D68000 - D81999 August 1968

1968 Bronco District (DSO) Codes
District CodeDescription
11 Boston
13 New York
15 Newark
16 Philadelphia
17 Washington
21 Atlanta
22 Charlotte
24 Jacksonville
25 Richmond
27 Cincinnati
28 Louisville
32 Cleveland
33 Detroit
34 Indianapolis
35 Lansing
37 Buffalo
38 Pittsburgh
41 Chicago
42 Fargo
43 Milwaukee
44 Twin Cities
45 Davenport
51 Denver
52 Des Moines
53 Kansas City
54 Omaha
55 St. Louis
61 Dallas
62 Houston
63 Memphis
64 New Orleans
65 Oklahoma City
71 Los Angeles
72 San Jose
73 Salt Lake City
74 Seattle
75 Phoenix
81 Ford of Canada
83 Government
84 Home Office Reserve
85 American Red Cross
89 Transportation Services
90 Export

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1968 Bronco Rear Gear Ratios
Axle CodeGear Ratio
3 4.11
4 4.57
5 4.11
6 4.57
A3 4.11 LS
A4 4.57 LS
A5 4.11 LS
A6 4.57 LS
18 3.5
19 3.5
B8 3.50 LS
B9 3.50 LS

1968 Bronco Transmission Codes
CodeDescription
C 3 Speed Manual

1968 Bronco Assembly Plants
CodeDescription
L Michigan Truck

1968 Bronco Series Codes
CodeDescription
U13 Roadster
U14 Pickup (Includes Sports Pickup)
U15 Wagon (Includes Sports Wagon)

1968 Bronco Engine Codes
Engine CodeEngine TypeDisplacementBoreStrokeCompression RatioHorsepowerTorque
F Inline-6 170 CID 3.5" 2.94" 9.1:1 89 hp @ 3,800 RPM 146 lb-ft @ 2,400 RPM
N V-8 289 CID 4.00" 2.87" 9.3:1 150 hp @ 4,400 RPM 242 lb-ft @ 2,400 RPM

Use Our 1968 Bronco VIN Decoder to Jumpstart Your Restoration

After successfully deciphering the data plate of your 1968 Bronco, you should have a clearer understanding of the standard features that were included with your vehicle.

You can find all of the restoration parts you need on our 1968 Bronco parts page.. Receive useful guides, tools, and content similar to this bysigning up for our newsletter.


If you want to see what came stock on other first-gen Broncos, check out the VIN and data plate information for these Bronco years: 1966, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977.

Sources: 1968 Ford Buyer's Digest, Ford Heritage

Image Credit: Ford Heritage

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