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85 SI losing power and rough idle

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85 SI losing power and rough idle

I have an 85 SI that I bought about two months ago. When I bought the car everything checked out fine and the guy said that there was a new motor put in the car about 60k prior to me buying it. I started having problems with the car about two weeks ago. I have had so many different problems with the radiator but I finally fixed all of those. When I finished fixing the most recent problem on the radiator today I tried starting the car and it would not start for almost 10 minutes and when it finally did it was smoking like crazy out of the exhaust. When I put a clean white rag to the exhaust and let the smoke hit it there was not any residue left on the rag so I am pretty sure it isn't oil otherwise there would be oil residue left on the rag right? Anyways, once it finally started, I took it for a spin around the block. It ran alright but was idling rough. When I got it back to my house I let it sit for about half hour before starting it up again and trying it out. I did this and when I took it around the block again it was not smoking anywhere near as bad but I noticed a tremendous loss of power. I used to be able to go from 0-60 within about 7 seconds (I know, nothing to be too terribly proud of but its a stock motor with no mods) but I gunned it and there was a huge lag on the throttle response. Even when I shifted the throttle response just wasn't there. It took me about a minute to even get up to 45mph. Any ideas what could be causing this? I am thinking it could be the plugs or distributor.
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