hello 88jeeper I have an 88 4 banger as well. Do not worry about the valves, they are hydraulic. The problem you are having may be
the same as I had, the engine would feel like it was cutting out,but only at speed (half throttle). There are a couple of relays on
the passenger side of the battery, swap these. If the problem goes away replace both and get a spare to keep in the glove box.
One of the relays is for the fuel pump, when mine went bad it would only give the fuel pump half voltage, this can be checked at the
fuel pump connection. Please let respond if this works, because if it does not I have other ideas!