yeah, you might be able to run the blink codes detailed in the bentley.. I have a 95 and I couldn't ever get the codes to show up. After some research on the tex, I found that 95's don't always show the codes..
From what you're describing, I almost GUARANTEE that you're throwing the CPS code, G40 sensor. It means that your timing is off.
Check that you're TDC on the CRANK, CAM + DISTRIBUTOR. All three have to be in perfect alignment. If your distributor is off a tooth, you'll run those symptoms, but the powerband will feel the same on the car, just slower.
(don't ask me how I know.)
BTW, depending on how long you've run the car like this, you might want to replace your plugs.. they may be a bit fouled.