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you may have poor ignition wires that need to be replaced or a bad electrical connection that is affected by water either for the ignition system or the fuel injection system. just some places to look.
First question is what constitutes "overheating". Since the car has been parked for years, the thermostat could be sticking closed. The cooling system could have air pockets and need to be bled. The water pump may be corroded inside and not pumping enough volume. If the gauge goes above half way, the fans should start up. But half way should be more or less normal, not hot yet. I would look at flow problems first, beginning with removing the thermostat and driving it without one for a few days. Also check and see if there is a process to bleed the cooling system of air.
Take it back to where you got it and make them refund your purchase price. If they refuse and you finianced it go to them, There a law called "The Lemon Law" that makes it unlawful to sell something like that. Sounds like you sure bought one. Don't do anything to it just get hold of the place where you bought it and tell them to come get their junk out of your yard!
High moisture with cheap belts would be a start. 2nd possibility is you have a bearing in an accesory drying out. Check water pump pully first with the screwdriver methode. Do not place on a moving part!!!
If this only happened AFTER you drove through the water, I'd say it had to do with the water. When ignition parts get wet, they short out and lose performance. Once they heat up and dry out, they will be back to normal. If you haven't had a tune-up in a while, I suggest you get one. Ignition wires are usually the first to give you problems when they get wet. Sometimes if it's really damp outside, you can have the same issue you did when you drove through the water.