I recently had the misfortune of having my 1997 4runner's rear diff lock up because of a leak and then no gear oil.
Unfortunately to add to that the frame and major members are very rusted/rotted. (I had a new rear end to put in, but would take A LOT of labor) to replace because nothing unbolts and bolts nicely.
So the question is - can I disable the rear end somehow, put it in 4wd and run it as a front wheel drive for a while?
If so, what needs to be done?
I assume I need to disengage the rear axles from the mangled mess in the rear diff and also disconnect the driveshaft from the mangled mess.
Unfortunately I think to do those two things requires as much work as swapping out the rear?