Make Quick View default display

I have a client that wants to make quick view the standard display. I know how to remove the quick view button overlay, but I am having trouble getting the common_templates/images.tpl file modified so the thumbnail and description link below open in the quick view fashion. They still want it to show up exactly like quick view, just not with the quick view button. The customer will still be able to click on the View Details button to get the details page. I hope I’m being clear.

I would really appreciate a little assistance from the community. Thanks!