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1. It would probably help if you explained to us the way in which the brake doesn't work. There are several possible reasons for a brake not to work, and it is difficult to diagnose the problem without more details. Does it work, just not well? does the lever move? pictures?
2. I'm going to restate this so I know exactly what you're asking. Correct me if this is wrong. You have two wheels, one of them has a coaster brake, and one of them has a freewheel. You want to switch it so that the one with a freewheel has a coaster brake and/or the other way around. In order to do this, you'd have to change the hub, and in order to do that, you would have to completely dismantle and rebuild the wheels. Depending on the spoke count of each wheel (and I'm guessing they are different), this might be impossible to do. Even if it is possible, it's most likely not worth the trouble. If you want this bike to have a coaster brake, you'd be better off finding a 20" wheel with a coaster brake already installed.