One of the problems is that our temp gauges are buffered, and do not reflect "real-time" status. i.e., they`re always lagging behind, so the actual coolant temp has probably been in the "danger zone" longer than you thought. This is why it`s critical to shut everything down ASAP. You can also turn your heater on full blast to help vent some of the excess heat to to the atmosphere....
I agree with Hallistran`s approach....try putting it back togethrer, and see what happens when you drive it. Good luck !
The road goes ever onward....
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