Blew rear end in 4×4, can i drive it home in 4 wheel drive?

Ok, there is this truck that im pretty sure im gonna buy. 1981 Silverado 7 in lift. 35 in tires. Big Block 454. its a beast. the guy that ones it right now, blew out the rear end, (by doing burnouts)

To the question:
If i take off the driveline to the rear axle, can i just put the truck in 4 wheel drive and limp it home, just using the front wheel drive? or will i have to trailer it home?

i live about 10-15 miles away from where its at.
its 5 grand
the truck is five grand. i might be able to get a trailer. but i was wondering if i could just try and limp the truck home, or if i should just get a trailer.

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6 Responses to Blew rear end in 4×4, can i drive it home in 4 wheel drive?

  1. EM ROF EMAN ON June 5, 2009 at 2:22 pm #

    I wouldn't because some broken gears or whatever inside the rear-end could lock it up while your cruising down the highway. Which in turn could cause a bad accident. Also the rear may be repairable. Why add more damage.

  2. Michael S June 5, 2009 at 2:22 pm #

    that should work, just be easy on it.

  3. David L June 5, 2009 at 2:22 pm #

    Better to tow it home or trailer it. The previous owner has already abused the truck, no need to add to the damage.

  4. Arnon June 5, 2009 at 2:22 pm #

    It's only money. If you make it half-way and break the lock shaft in the front axle and then have to have it trailered, how much money would you have saved? Just remember, anyone who suggests you'll probably make it ok is not betting with their own money. You on the other hand are trying to justify a risk to save what? The cost of trailering or just the work of loading it?

    You are trying to save five grand by not trailering it? I was the only one to mention money and I did not ask how much you're paying for it.

  5. Drew June 5, 2009 at 2:22 pm #

    Yep thats the best bet. Ive done it several time myself although Im not sure Id pay 5 grand for it.

  6. ezachowski June 5, 2009 at 2:22 pm #

    Yes you can indeed limp it home that way if needed. But beware it will want to act oddly when turning corners due to only having front drive.