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I thought this might be the best place to ask this question. My friend has a February 68' Coupe C code. I have a July C code. His has the bumper guards beneat the front bumper. Mine does not.

I was wondering if anyone knows...were these just an option, discontinued or am I missing my bumper guards?
 

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Discontinued along with several other items.
 

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The sales brochure for the 1968 Mustang (W058 printed 8/67) list Bright Bumper Guards Front as standard equipment. The sales brochure for the 1968 Mustang W058 (Revised 12/67) does not list Bright Bumper Guards Front as standard equipment. The Additional Information sheet W391 (Printed 12/12/67) list the changes to standard and optional equipment for the entire Ford car line.
 

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Here is a complete list of changes after the 10/68 strike.
1/68 Change to Mustang after UAW Strike 10/67
W058
W058 (Revised 12/67) and W391 (12/12/67)
Popular Options
Popular Options
Rear Shoulder Belts
Discontinued
Front and Rear Bumper Guards
Optional with Wheel Lip Molding
V8 (195 hp to 390 hp)V8 (195 to 335 hp)
Wheel Lip Moldings
Collapsible Spare TireDiscontinued
Visibility Group
Front Seat Shoulder HarnessStandard Equipment
Mud and Snow Tires
Sports Trim GroupDiscontinued
7.35 X 14 Radial Ply TiresDiscontinued
7.35 X 14 lack Sidewall TiresDiscontinued
Triple GT StripesDiscontinued
Heavy Duty 3 Speed Manual TransmissionDiscontinued
390 V8 4V Only Available with
GT Equipment Group
Mustang Standard Equipment
Mustang Standard Equipment
Hood Lovers with Integral Turn SignalsOptional
Bright Bumper Guards FrontDiscontinued
Fastback 2+2
Fastback 2+2
No ChangeNo Change
Convertible
Convertible
No Change
No Change
Trailer Towing
Trailer Towing
No Change
No Change
Lifeguard Design Safety features
Lifeguard Design Safety features
Padded windshield pillarsDiscontinued
Lower Instrument PaddingDiscontinued
1968 Mustang Specifications
1968 Mustang Specifications
302-cu V8 302-cu V8
Dual Exhaust
427 Cu Cobra V8 Discontinued
Engine Features Engine Features
42-amp alternator55-amp alternator with Select Aire Conditioner
Transmissions Transmissions
No ChangeNo Change
Rear AxleRear Axle
No ChangeNo Change
Front SuspensionFront Suspension
No ChangeNo Change
Rear SuspensionRear Suspension
No ChangeNo Change
Steering Steering
Steering Ratio 25.4 to 1Steering Ratio 25.3 to 1
Turning diameter 38 feetTurning diameter 37.6 feet
Dimensions and CapacitiesDimensions and Capacities
Fuel 17 gallonsFuel 16 gallons
Approximate Weights Approximate Weights
Hardtop: 2797 lbs. (six), 2985 lbs. (V8)Hardtop: 2758 lbs. (six), 2966 lbs. (V8)
Fastback: 2+2 2824 (six), 3012 lbs. (V8)Fastback 2+2: 2782 (six), 2990 lbs. (V8)
Convertible: 2924 lbs. (six), 3112 lbs. (V8)Convertible: 2868 lbs. (six), 3076 lbs. (V8)
12 Mustang Power Teams
12 Mustang Power Teams
427 – cu. Cobra V8Discontinued
390 Thunderbird V8
(Automatic and GT Equipment Group Only)
Not Available390 V8 2V
 

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Here is a complete list of changes after the 10/68 strike.
1/68 Change to Mustang after UAW Strike 10/67

W058
W058 (Revised 12/67) and W391 (12/12/67)
Popular Options
Popular Options
Rear Shoulder Belts
Discontinued
Front and Rear Bumper Guards
Optional with Wheel Lip Molding
V8 (195 hp to 390 hp)V8 (195 to 335 hp)
Wheel Lip Moldings
Collapsible Spare TireDiscontinued
Visibility Group
Front Seat Shoulder HarnessStandard Equipment
Mud and Snow Tires
Sports Trim GroupDiscontinued
7.35 X 14 Radial Ply TiresDiscontinued
7.35 X 14 lack Sidewall TiresDiscontinued
Triple GT StripesDiscontinued
Heavy Duty 3 Speed Manual TransmissionDiscontinued
390 V8 4V Only Available with
GT Equipment Group
Mustang Standard Equipment
Mustang Standard Equipment
Hood Lovers with Integral Turn SignalsOptional
Bright Bumper Guards FrontDiscontinued
Fastback 2+2
Fastback 2+2
No ChangeNo Change
Convertible
Convertible
No Change
No Change
Trailer Towing
Trailer Towing
No Change
No Change
Lifeguard Design Safety features
Lifeguard Design Safety features
Padded windshield pillarsDiscontinued
Lower Instrument PaddingDiscontinued
1968 Mustang Specifications
1968 Mustang Specifications
302-cu V8302-cu V8
Dual Exhaust
427 Cu Cobra V8 Discontinued

Engine FeaturesEngine Features
42-amp alternator55-amp alternator with Select Aire Conditioner
TransmissionsTransmissions
No ChangeNo Change
Rear AxleRear Axle
No ChangeNo Change
Front SuspensionFront Suspension
No ChangeNo Change
Rear SuspensionRear Suspension
No ChangeNo Change
SteeringSteering
Steering Ratio 25.4 to 1Steering Ratio 25.3 to 1
Turning diameter 38 feetTurning diameter 37.6 feet
Dimensions and CapacitiesDimensions and Capacities
Fuel 17 gallonsFuel 16 gallons
Approximate WeightsApproximate Weights
Hardtop: 2797 lbs. (six), 2985 lbs. (V8)Hardtop: 2758 lbs. (six), 2966 lbs. (V8)
Fastback: 2+2 2824 (six), 3012 lbs. (V8)Fastback 2+2: 2782 (six), 2990 lbs. (V8)
Convertible: 2924 lbs. (six), 3112 lbs. (V8)Convertible: 2868 lbs. (six), 3076 lbs. (V8)
12 Mustang Power Teams
12 Mustang Power Teams
427 – cu. Cobra V8Discontinued
390 Thunderbird V8
(Automatic and GT Equipment Group Only)
Not Available390 V8 2V

Thank you very much for all the info!
Well that answers then! I guess I don’t need to buy the front bumper guards! My friends 2/68 car has them. Perhaps they were added by an individual. But my 7/68 car out of the San Jose plant would not have had it. In pictures dating back to the 90s they were not on there. I added factory style Yellow foggies though 😉 it makes driving it at night so much easier and looks great. almost as bright as the headlamps.

Mine was one of the last real 289s option cars (though I’m running a 74 302 now) and not a 302 block w/289 internals. Have the original vin matching and never rebuilt engine, will build it up someday.
 

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There were additional changes made effective 3/68. One of them was the rear side marker reflectors changing from rectangular shape to the newer cougar style with pointed ends. (As a result the quarter panels no longer needed to be stamped with indentations.) If you click on my car pic below you'll see mine was built pre March. In fact it was assembled on 9/5/67 one day before the strike started. I've never seen a complete list of those March changes though I would imagine MCA judges would have that info.
 

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According to my father, who was in Ford management, there were 177 running changes in the 68 model year.
 

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There were additional changes made effective 3/68. One of them was the rear side marker reflectors changing from rectangular shape to the newer cougar style with pointed ends. (As a result the quarter panels no longer needed to be stamped with indentations.) If you click on my car pic below you'll see mine was built pre March. In fact it was assembled on 9/5/67 one day before the strike started. I've never seen a complete list of those March changes though I would imagine MCA judges would have that info.
Yep that’s exactly what I have too. The ‘cougar’ reflectors. One (pass side) was put on slightly crooked. There’s evidence someone put new rear fenders on my car and did a good enough job it took a guy who works at a resto/body shop a very close inspection to spot it.
 

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Yep that’s exactly what I have too. The ‘cougar’ reflectors. One (pass side) was put on slightly crooked.
If you want to see one that's really crooked look at the passenger side of the Shelby EXP 500 "Green Hornet". At least the one on the driver's side is nice and level.
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