the story goes...about 5 mins after getting in the car I notice she is not running as smoothly as normal, so I take a peek at the temp gauge and its pegged all the way round at red..as the car had been sat in the sun all day I wrongly assumed it would cool down with a little drive,so opt to give it a minute. 30 seconds or so later some very rough running and a stall..so I restart and pull over, bonnet up and this is what I find. it seems someone had previously cut a piece out of the hose probably due to a leak and reconnected with a cheap hose connector and some jubilee clips. I call green flag and wait 2 and half hours! but have no access to water or a 5/8 hose connector so what can I do?.. the guy arrives and the repair takes all of 3 minutes and now its fingers crossed time as I hope and pray that the head gasket is OK.. back in guildford! she runs great...strangely better with a bit more torque and "pep".. here is my diagnosis..I think the engine normally runs on the cool side of normal Due to the recent change of water pump and thermostat, so what may have happened is the overheat has burned off some carbon deposits and dealt with a minor compression issue that was there..I don't recommend this method but what could have been a major issue had "turned out nice again".... I have even got a nice little tan from 2 hours spent in the sun.. now I have to top up the antifreeze as mr green flag put in just water.. off to eurocarparts now.