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Our SPG left us stranded 1500 miles from our home

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My girlfriend and I are on a roadtrip from Philadelphia to Florida to Montana and back to Philadelphia. We made it over 3,000 miles until the car decided it doesn't want to go any further. We are stranded here in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, at the mercy of the closest mechanic. Please let me know if you have any suggestions as to what is wrong with the car:

We left South Florida this morning, travel over 700 miles and as we go through Mobile, Alabama we get this instant, intense burning smell.. like that of burning rubber coming from what seemed to be the engine bay. This was accompanied by a droning from the firewall that increases with throttle input. I pull over and take a look. My first instinct is something’s wrong with the belts. But everything looks fine. The belts are tight as should be, no evidence of a tear, there is no fluid anywhere, nothing out of the ordinary. I start up the engine, let it idle, keep looking throughout, rev it a couple times. Nothing. I pull away slowly to see if I can replicate the problem. Nothing happens. We keep going for a few minutes. Nothing. Until all the sudden we are on the highway, ready to pull off and give the car a break for the night and a loud screech is let out as if a belt was just ripped off its pulley. The battery light comes on. I pull over turn the engine off. I open the hood, this time, much more burning smell as well as some smoke emit from the firewall. But again, nothing looks odd. I have absolutely no idea what could be happening or how to diagnose it. I try to turn the engine over, but all I get is a horrible screech coming from the belts, burning smells and a loud droning and I can’t keep the engine running if it sounds like that. I turn it off and call a tow truck.

We are very far away from home in a place that I’m sure doesn’t not see a lot of classic 900s. I have any kind of tool I could need in the trunk and all belts are perfectly intact. I’m ready to tear this thing apart and get to work because it's all I can do at a moment like this. However, I’m sitting here in our hotel wondering where to start. What can you tell me?

Thanks in advance

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