CLARIFICATION: Everyone consistently calls a Vortec an LS and that is not accurate! Although Vortec engines are "LS" based they are NOT LS engines IMO. Besides most Vortec's being iron block, as seen above there are some serious size differences and considerations depending on your project. VORTEC ENGINE IN CARS: For the most part, it will be challenging to put a Vortec truck engine into a car. Most cars, even old muscle cars have relatively low hood clearances.