V-brakes won't work normally on the front fork due to cable routing conflicting with the chain. So I mounted the caliper brakes and will have to remove the posts.
This is a sideview of the front derailleur.
Since the seat was too close to the steering stem ...
This was my solution ... a tilting stem ...
So you can get in and out of the seat.
What I am attempting to show you here is that I had to install a shorter length axle (or whatever you call the shaft that passes thru the middle of the Bottom Bracket). The original shaft pushed the crank gears too far out so that the largest one couldn't be reached by the front derailleur mechanism.
Now it works fine.