Sorry to hear about your experience
think everyone here can relate ...(we own jeeps) haha
After finishing up my lift, cv axle, brakes, wheel spacers... take it out for a drive the following weekend (I only drive the zj on weekends)
I am thinking the thermostat was stuck... jeep got really hot and blew the hose right off the radiator lol
while swapping out the thermostat I thought the whole time....please bolt...dont snap... please dont snap on me
luckily the bolts came out without a fuss and the ole thermostat looked like hell and was solid.