Structural Brick - remove existing window replace with door

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My house is a 1921 brick semi. I have a window that I would like to change to a door. The rough opening is wide enough however the height is too short. I will need to remove the exterior cement window sill and 2 full layers of brick below it. This will leave 2 layers of brick before the brick arch above my basement window.
Do I have to install a new steel baseplate when I remove the brick? Can I removed the brick without causing structural problems. Please help!.

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Thanks all!
 
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Do you recommend a new cill where the 2 rows of brick are just above the arch? Should I make a new lower cill similar to the cement one that is presently under the window?
 
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What type of door are you installing? you would normally fit a door cill.
 
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