Basically let the woman use the car and presumed she would let me know if the car needed anything . Nah she didn't notice the coolant light on the dash, yes the big red one. Anyway at the weekend i got the call to say smoke flying out of the bonnet, after a near heart attack i arrive at the scene to see it was steam not smoke (just as bad imo). The remaining coolant was boiling The leak seemed to be the back right hand side of the block behind the air filter. (See Pic general circled red)
Got the car towed to local mechanic who says the engine may be cooked as it was't a pipe that bust but the lip where the pipe goes in was cracked. He tried to seal it but as he predicted this was unsuccessful it held for a while but gushed out after a brief drive.
He told me to try and source another engine or he would have to open up to check the head etc and that it may be more trouble and money than it was worth.
Long story short ive told him to open her up as my engine is as rare as hen teeth to get hold of over here. Estimated price according to him is £400-£600 to open her up, skim and replace gasket and anything else in there
Any advice, do you think he has over looked something and this work doesn't need done? Could it be something else. I don't know much about cars but i've never heard of a lip cracking before a pipe.