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sheetmetal plugs to weld in

Hey everyone, I've got 62!! 3/8" holes to weld up on my fenders,doors and quarterpanels after removing all the stainless trim. I recall seeing an article in Street Rodder a few years ago about a supplier for weld in mild steel plugs in a few common sizes. Any ideas on where I might find them? The thought of scribing/cutting that many gives me chills. A search drew a blank. Thanks, Darren

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Go to a good auto parts store. Ask to see their soft plug assortment. A well stocked store will have 3/8" flat soft plugs for oil galleries.
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I've never heard of a supplier, but here's a few suggestions.

#1-find a local plasma cutter or water-jet machine shop. Supply them with the sizes and have them cut out. Should be a nominal fee.

#2-Maybe with a hole-saw and a piece of sheet metal, you could cut out the pieces pretty quickly.

#3-you can do the nastieness that I did, which hell...worked out ok. Cut out a bunch of little square pieces, tack them on the back side, fill the top up with filler's going to get hot and shrink of course. Grind off the backs and bump out the shrinkage. Turned out fine despite the amount of time I spent on the trigger filling in my holes.

#4-you could lead them. That might be a quick, easy fix. There's an article I'm sure someone will post where you use some type of metal-tape on the back side and then you just lay the lead into the hole.

that's about all of the suggestions I have now.
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Another option is to hold a piece of brass behind the hole as you fill it with weld. Just go slow so you don't put a lot of heat into it to quick. I've filled a lot of holes this way and it works quicker and easier then making plugs and keeping them lined up while welding them.
Just be sure, however you do the job , to clean and seal the back sides of the welded plugs. If you leave them open to the elements they will rust through in a short time...
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On Trucks there was something about a company making kits to smooth cars and trucks, they had everything for the key hole, door handle etc. and they said they sold general stuff as well but I'll be dang if I can find it.
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