Turns out that it was a timing belt that broke a tooth loose, and then was slipping. Shop quoted $650 for replacement (parts & labor), and my buddy has no real choice but to take it. We don't have the resources to do it at our apartment.
No word on if it bent anything in our attempts to re-start it or in the initial slip. Waiting on that news.
Thanks again for all of your guys input! Love this FF Community!
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