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1968 Ford Pickup Trucks

1968 was a rough year. Protests against the conflict in Vietnam were everywhere. Racial tensions and riots were ever present, especially after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination in April.

And when Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated just two months later, 1968 seemed destined to be remembered as a truly terrible time in human history. There were still bright points, however, such as Apollo 8's year-end journey to orbit the moon, taking mankind further from the Earth than ever before.

1968 Ford F-100 FlareSide
1968 Ford F-100 Green

Space was also on the minds of movie goers, who saw Stanley Kubrick's epic film 2001: A Space Odyssey for the first time. Detroit was building muscle cars like crazy, and Ford wasn't going to let their newly redesigned F-Series trucks flounder in the background.

1968 saw just a few minor changes to the F-Series, but they were important ones to ensure it stayed current with the times - and that meant an infusion of horsepower.

1968 Ford F-100 Video

We are not affiliated with the producer of this video. What a nice truck though!

What's New For 1968

New engine options gave F-Series trucks more power, while a new rear suspension design offered a bit more comfort for light loads, but also added additional strength and support for heavier loads. Optional front power disc brakes appeared for the F-250 and F-350, Series, significantly improving braking performance on these vehicles.

Side reflectors, as mandated by new safety standards, were incorporated into the side badging on the fenders. The traditional F-Series grille redesign added a single bar to the center, breaking up the large, broad expanse of rectangular slots from the previous year.

1968 F-Series Model Lineup

Soldiering on as the top F-Series model was the Ranger, available in either F-100 or F-250 format, with a choice of Styleside or Flareside beds in 6.5 or 8-foot length. Standard Cab was the base model, with Custom Cab falling in the middle. Four-wheel drive was still available for F-100 and F-250, with a Crew Cab option on F-250 and F-350 trucks.

1968 Mercury M100 (F100 twin available in Canada)
1968 Mercury M100
Photo used with permission from Greg Gjerdingen

1968 F-Series Engines / Powertrains

More power was the name of the game for 1968. With muscle car wars heating up, power was abundant and Ford sent some to the F-Series by way of a new 360 cubic-inch V-8 with 215 ponies, or a big 390 cubic-inch V-8 with 255 horsepower. They replaced the 352 cubic-inch V-8, but both six-cylinder engines remained in the F-Series lineup. All engines continued to run through Ford's standard three-speed manual, with a four-speed manual or Cruise-O-Matic three-speed automatic transmission optional.

Engine Availability Gross Horsepower / Torque
240 cid I6
F-100, F-250, F-350
150 / 234
300 cid I6
F-100, F-250, F-350
165 / 294
360 cid V8
F-100, F-250, F-350
215 / 327
390 cid V8
F-100, F-250, F-350
255 / 376

1968 F-100 Engine

Standard Features & Available Options

Major standard features include:

Major options/packages include:

Available exterior paint color choices for 1968 include:

1968 Ford F-Series Resources