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Crate motor will not have a VIN as it was not built and installed in the vehicle on the assembly line. If the vehicle had a blown motor due to abuse and then was repossessed, I would suspect other parts of the Transit may have been abused such as transmission or engine accessories.
With that type of mileage on the chassis and the circumstances, I would pass on this one. The other abused parts may show failure after you get it and I think there are a lot of better selections on Transits if you expand your search.
On the paperwork you looked at, did it show the replacement of the turbos? A blown 3.5L engine may have involved a problem with the turbos so not replacing them would keep a possible problem still existing.
You could do a lot of damage to the trans in 100K- why was the engine blown? Was someone dogging the H out of it? If so the trans has had a rough life.
Or maybe the engine was blown from something stupid but the trans is fine- really hard to know.
Unfortunately dropping the trans pan to have a look on a Transit is a huge PITA...
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