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1968 Dodge Charger
The newly designed 1968 Dodge Charger

1968 Dodge Charger

1968 included a new design for the Dodge Charger. Changes included a new hidden headlight grille, curvier body, recessed backlight, refined tail, and less chrome. The rear quarters of this specialty rig have been bulged a bit for that muscle car look with evidence of competition themes and went from a fastback body style to a semi-fastback style. Along with the new design was a huge increase in sales that rose from 15,788 the previous year 1967 to 92,590 produced in 1968.

17,665 Chargers were optioned with the R/T package that included the 440 Magnum engine and "Scat Pack" bumblebee stripes on the rear end. For the hard-core mopar fans and drag racers the Hemi still remained the engine of choice. The full line-up of engine options included the 318 w/ 230hp, the 383 w/ 335hp, the 440 w/ 375hp and the 426 Hemi w/425hp.

 

Factory Specifications & Production

Model Number Body/Style Number Body Type & Seating Factory Price Shipping Weight Total Production
Charger
XP 29 2 Dr Hardtop $3,014 3,500 lbs Note 1
Charger R/T
XS 29 2 Dr Hardtop $3,480 3,650 lbs Note 1

Notes:

  1. The combined production of Models XP29 and XS29 was 96,100 . All were V-8 powered.
  2. Additional Charger R/T Information: The "HEMI" engine was installed into 467 hardtops and 1 Charger 500 prototype.

Chassis Specifications

From 1966 to 1974, the Charger was based on the Chrysler B platform.

Model Wheelbase Overall Length Width Front Track Rear Track Tires
Charger 117 in 208 in 77 in Not Available Not Available 7.35 x 14
Charger R/T 117 in 208 in 77 in Not Available Not Available F70 x 14

VIN Decoding

Serial Numbers were on the instrument panel, visible thru the windshield, and on the bottom line of a separate plate(fender tag) under the hood.

Dodge Fender Tag
First Symbol - Car Line
D - Dodge 122" W - Dodge 117/118"
L - Dart W - Charger/Coronet
J - Challenger X - Charger
Second Symbol - Price Class
E - Economy S - Special
L - Low X - Fast Top
M - Medium K - Police
H - High O - Superstock
P - Premium T - Taxi
Third & Fourth Symbol - Body Type
21 - 2 Dr. Sedan 41 - 4 Dr. Sedan
23 - 2 Dr. Hardtop 43 - 4 Dr. Hardtop
27 - 2 Dr. Convertible 45 - Station Wagon 2-Seat
29 - 2 Dr. Sports Hardtop 46 - Station Wagon 3-Seat
Fifth Symbol - Engine
(B) 6-198 (N) 8-383
(C) 6-225 (N) 8-383
(E) 6-Special Order (R) 8-426 HEMI
(G) 8-318 (T) 8-440
(H) 8-340 (U) 8-440
(J) 8-340 (V) 8-440
(L) 8-383 (Z) 8-Special Order
Sixth Symbol - Model Year
6 - 1966 1 - 1971
7 - 1967 2 - 1972
8 - 1968 3 - 1973
9 - 1969 4 - 1974
0 - 1970 5 - 1975
Seventh Symbol - Assembly Plant
(A) Lynch Road, Michigan (E) Los Angeles, California
(B) Hamtramck, Michigan (F) Newark, Deleware
(C) Jefferson, Michigan (G) St. Louis, Missouri
(D) Belvedere, Illinois (R) Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Last Six Symbols - Production Sequence
Started at 100001

 

Options & Accessories

Description Description
383-cid 2 BC V-8 Heavy-Duty Differential
383-cid 4 BC V-8 Power Door Locks
440-cid 4 BC V-8 Dual Exhaust
426-cid 4 BC V-8 "HEMI" Buffed Paint
TorqueFlite Transmission Music Master AM Radio
4-Speed Manual Transmission Tilt & Telescoping Steering Wheel
Automatic Speed Control Woodgrain Steering Wheel
Air Conditioning Tachometer
Power Steering Vinyl Roof
Power Brakes Simulated Mag Wheel Covers
Power Front Disc Brakes Road Wheels
Electric Clock Three-Speed Windshield Wipers
Sure Grip Differential  


Engine Options

The location of Engine Code on a 6-Cylinder - Right front of block, below cylinder head; Small Block V8 - Left fron of block, below cylinder head; Big-Block V8 - Left rear of block, near oil pan flange.

Letter Code Engine Horsepower Torque Transmission Carburetor
A 6-170 115 155 TorqueFlite, 3-Speed Manual 1 BC
B 6-225 145 215 TorqueFlite, 3-Speed Manual 1 BC
C 6-Special Order Not Available Not Available TorqueFlite, 3-Speed Manual Not Available
D 8-273 190 260 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 2 BC
F 8-318 230 340 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 2 BC
G 8-383 290 390 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 2 BC
G 8-383 300 400 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
H 8-383 330 410 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
H 8-383 * 335 425 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
J 8-426 HEMI 425 490 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
K 8-440 350 480 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
L 8-440 * 375 480 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
M 8-Special Order Not Available Not Available TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual Not Available
P 8-340 275 340 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC

Available Transmissions

Transmission Location
TorqueFlite Stamped on the transmission oil pan rail.
3-Speed Manual Not Available
4-Speed Manual Not Available

Identification Number Transmission Type
2892076 TorqueFlite
2892077 TorqueFlite
2892079 TorqueFlite
2892080 TorqueFlite
2892086 TorqueFlite
2892087 TorqueFlite
2892089 TorqueFlite
2892090 TorqueFlite
2892091 TorqueFlite
2892092 TorqueFlite
2892093 TorqueFlite
2892094 TorqueFlite

Axle Decoding

 

 

 

Location Of Axle Codes: A metal tag is bolted to the assembly, giving the axle ratio or tooth count (if tooth count - divide the larger number by the smaller number, this is the ratio.) Locking axles have a metal tag with the letter "S" on it.

Note: Since tags can easily be missing, the approximate ratio can be determined by marking both the a wheel and the driveshaft; turn the wheel one complete turn and the number of times the driveshaft rotates is the ratio. Locking axles can be identified by raising the complete axle assembly and turning one wheel; if the other wheel turns the the same direction it is a locking axle and if it turns the opposite direction it is a non-locking axle.

 

Charger Axle Ratios
Engine   6-225 8-318 8-383 8-426 8-440
Locking / Non-Locking   L NL L NL L NL L NL L NL
Ratio 2.76       x   x        
2.93   x                
2.94 x x x x x x     x x
3.23 x x x x x x x x x x
3.54             x   x  
3.55   x   x x          
3.91   x                


Interior and Exterior Paint Chips

  • 1968 Dodge Exterior Paint Codes.

    The first letter or number identifies the roof or accent color. The second letter or number identifies the body color. (For example, the combination WC on a Dodge would indicate the roof or accent area is in White and the body is finished in Medium Blue Metallic.) Paint code plates are located in the engine compartment on the left wheel housing or the left fender side shield.

Color Name / Code Color Image Color Name / Code Color Image

A - Silver Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4859L
Duco® Code - 4859
Dulux® Code - 4859D

M - Bronze #2 Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4872LM
Duco® Code - Not Available
Dulux® Code - 4872DH
B - Black
Lucite® Code - 88L
Duco® Code - 44
Dulux® Code - 93-005
P - Red
Lucite® Code - 4770LH
Duco® Code - 4770H
Dulux® Code - 93-97813M

C - Medium Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4879L
Duco® Code - 4879
Dulux® Code - 4879D

Q - Bright Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4861LH
Duco® Code - 4861
Dulux® Code - 4861DH

D - Pale Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4860L
Duco® Code - 4860
Dulux® Code - 4860D

R - Burgundy Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4885LM
Duco® Code - 4885H
Dulux® Code - 4885DM

E - Dark Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4880LH
Duco® Code - 4880H
Dulux® Code - 4880DH

S - Yellow
Lucite® Code - 4887L
Duco® Code - 4887
Dulux® Code - 4887D

F - Light Green Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4881L
Duco® Code - 4881
Dulux® Code - 4881D

T - Medium Green Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4882L
Duco® Code - 4882
Dulux® Code - 4882D

G - Racing Green Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4883L
Duco® Code - 4883H
Dulux® Code - 4883DH

U - Light Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4890L
Duco® Code - 4890
Dulux® Code - 4890D

H - Light Gold
Lucite® Code - 4888L
Duco® Code - 4880
Dulux® Code - 4880D

W - White
Lucite® Code - 4886L
Duco® Code - 4886
Dulux® Code - 4886D

J - Medium Gold Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4889L
Duco® Code - 4889
Dulux® Code - 4889D

X - Beige
Lucite® Code - 4953L
Duco® Code - 4953
Dulux® Code - 4953D
K - Light Turquoise Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4799L
Duco® Code - 4799
Dulux® Code - 4799D
Y - Medium Tan Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4891L
Duco® Code - 4891
Dulux® Code - 4891D
L - Medium Dark Turquoise
Lucite® Code - 4884LH
Duco® Code - 4884H
Dulux® Code - 4884DH
 

  • 1968 Dodge Interior Paint Codes

    1. Low Gloss Colors require 2 ounces of DuPont 4528S Flattening Compound to a pint of unreduced color.
    2. Gloss Colors Usage - Quarter Panel Upper Garnish Moulding, Quarter Garnish Extension & Lock Pillar Upper, "A & B" Pillars and "B" Pillar Cap, Door & Quarter Upper Inner Frame and Upper & Lower Garnish, Miscellaneous Suburban Parts. * Suburban Bow Clips ONLY.
    3. Low Gloss Colors Usage - Roof Rails, Backlite Mouldings, "A" Pillar Cover, Console, Manual Seat Adjuster, Windshield Garnish Mouldings, Convertible Top Mechanism, and Miscellaneous Suburban Parts.

Color Name / Code Color Image Color Name / Code Color Image
GLOSS COLORS (note 2)
Arctic White
See Code W Catawba Green Metallic
See Code G
*Aspen White Not Available Cobalt Blue Metallic See Code U
Saber Gold Metallic See Code J Aztec Maroon Metallic See Code R
Partridge Tan Metallic See Code Y Jewel Black See Code B
LOW GLOSS COLORS (note 3)
Dove White
Lucite® Code - 9608L
Not Available / See Note 1 Saber Silver Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9641L
Not Available / See Note 1
Ivory
Lucite® Code - 9070L
Not Available / See Note 1 Everglade Green Metallic (Light)
Lucite® Code - 9646L
Not Available / See Note 1
Amarillo Gold (Yellow)
Lucite® Code - 9609L
Not Available / See Note 1 Bayou Green Metallic (Medium)
Lucite® Code - 9601L
Not Available / See Note 1
Saturn Beige
Lucite® Code - 9602L
Not Available / See Note 1 Sierra Blue Metallic (Light)
Lucite® Code - 9642L
Not Available / See Note 1
Desert Tan (Light)
Lucite® Code - 9605L
Not Available / See Note 1 Baltic Blue Metallic (Medium)
Lucite® Code - 9643LH
Not Available / See Note 1
Oasis Tan (Medium)
Lucite® Code - 9606L
Not Available / See Note 1 Rally Red
Lucite® Code - 9604LH
Not Available / See Note 1
Buckskin Tan (Dark)
Lucite® Code - 9607LH
Not Available / See Note 1 Jewel Black
Lucite® Code - 88L
Not Available / See Note 1
FLAT COLORS
Majesty Gold Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9508L
Bahama Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9505LH
Pampas Tan Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9509L
Aztec Maroon Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9511LM
Catawba Green Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9507LH
Jewel Black
Lucite® Code - 4428L
Navajo Turquoise Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9506LH
 

Trunk Colors (spatter finish)

Three-Tone Black & Gray = 389-2076

 

 

 

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