Hi, new here so please bear with me and have limited technical knowledge.
I am also thinking my first visit shall be short lived due to the nature of the following occurences.
I recently acquired an E32 1986 730i and hadn't been used in a while (6 months) but to my knowledge it had no known faults. Started her up just yesterday and after running smoothly for around an hour, just sat on my drive, it seriously overheated, the full works - steam and water coming from under the bonnet and a loud bang, which occured after running to its aid and switching her off, bang believed to be a burst pipe on inspection afterwards, half the pipe had been cleanly blown away - this water pipe is located at the top of the engine head where the water pump is located, not sure where the other end goes without further inspection.
Happy to add a photo of this for anyones interest, if that is possible.
The car although overheated, needle was right up as far as it would go!, was still running smoothly from what I could tell during my panic and frustration at my partner just sitting there watching it happen!!! Well, she was in the vacinity at the time so for all sense and purposes I blame her, Blonde of course! Sorry to any intelligent blondes reading this but there are those that aren't.
So, my question here is what should I do first without getting into any expensive repairs, garage repair costs out of the question, re-building with my limited technical knowledge impossible. Suggestions please I'm desperate to get this baby on the road, if at all possible.
Would replacing the burst pipe and re-filling with water/anti-freeze be the first repair to then establish if it will start or is this likely to just cause more damage, if not already? Would it be safe just to start her dry just to see if it starts?
I am expecting the worst already so please don't be shy to tell me the worst case scenario.