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Wing window replacement / adding mirror

OK.. I'm not sure if I'm good enough at explaining to be able to paint you a picture as to what I'm trying to do... so anyway here goes.
I'm working on a Studebaker pickup (but I think for my question it could be any kind)... what I want to do is eliminate the wing windows. In their place I want to fill that in with sheet metal, and then mount my side mount rear view mirrors in that spot.
I'd love for anyone to be able to help me learn how to do that or point me to a thread, tech article, etc that can help me out. I'd like to be able to see pics so I know how far out the sheet metal sits (in reference to the outermost sheet metal).... how thick the replacement piece needs to be, pics of how it might be installed, and how it looks when completed...
You know.. kinda the whole process from start to finish if possible.

All help will be appreciated.

Couple other points: I have chopped the top 2-1/2" in the back and 1" in the front. The door is naturally curved, as is the roof.... The wing windows have already been removed and discarded.
I considered just putting in a one piece glass, but with the door having a natural curve to it,.. I'd have to cut the interior metal panel and pull it in at least 1/2". That would make the original window opening way too big,.. so then I'd have to fill in the horizontal opening starting from the outside sheet metal and make it back the original size.

Looks like when get this pulled in,.. then it won't line up at the top or seal correctly (or even fit) because of the curved top. Because I'll have to pull in the window to make it fit for a one piece glass.. the window won't roll straight up... it'll have to roll up at an angle, from inside to outside.... not gonna work.

Any ideas and suggestion appreciated...
I doubt many will be able to help me with using a one piece glass on my Studebaker... I think Studebaker was the ONLY vehicle that had all the curved body parts (especially in the door area).. so I figure very few had dealing with this

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