I can drive it and as long as I don't push it , it goes pretty good and occasionally bucks. it does this while turning or going straight.
sounds like torque bind.
I took it in parking lot and did some real slow turns both ways and it definitely binds. ( feels like I braked ) the mechanic thought it was the passenger front axle and replaced that. the owner took it for a test drive and said it was the front diff..
that is torque bind.
Reread my previous post.
You are 8 bolts away from having a perfectly drivable car for free, it's definitely worth keeping.
It'll be FWD after you remove the rear half of the driveshaft - 8 12mm bolts, that's it. Very easy.
Then you can plan to repair it if you want - simply replace the center diff, which is easy and doesn't require trans removal. Install a known good used one or buy a new one.
Or just drive it around in FWD and get studded snow tires in the winter.