T-Top Rust Holes!!

Jun 15, 2016
Eden Prairie, MN
Hey everyone, working on my newest project..1980 Z28 w/ T-tops and 4 speed.

Got a couple of rust holes on the drivers side channel, passenger side is pristine no rust at all.

Wondering if anyone has any tips on how to fix this rust? Cut out and weld in a new piece of metal? Any other ideas? Trying to have it ready for paint by June. Would appreciate any help or tips you guys might have, i have a buddy that could weld in new metal, just a really tough spot to do it..