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Car has no power.

My 1988 toyota corolla is jerking at low speeds in low gears. It's like it has almost no power when you try and accelerate from a standstill to around 80km/h
If you press the accelerator down when in a low gear without slipping the clutch a bit, the car jerks like crazy and the revs jump up and down.
Cold or warm, it doesn't make any difference.
Once you get some speed up, it seems fine. It sounds like there's quite a big hole in my exhaust though and I wonder if that's the problem.

Manual transmission, carburetor and distributor fuel system.
Distributor cap was recently changed.
Sparks and oil changed less than a month ago.
Fuel filter is ok
I doubt it's the clutch as it was serviced about 8 months ago and transitioning from gear to gear is smooth.
I don't want to sound like an *ss here but please only answers from guys with experience in this situation or guys who really know about cars and no guesses.
Please guys, any ideas??

Do I just need a good service and engine tune up or am I looking at something more intense?

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Remove transmission and check the clutch slave cylinder for leakage. Check fluid level and bleed if necessary. Remove clutch, pocket bearing, throwout bearing and pressure plate. Check for leakage from rear engine seal and front transmission seal. Remove and replace seal(s) if traces of oil are present. Check clutch for oil film and excessive wear, damaged or worn pressure plate (if close to tollerence, replace for convenience). Replace clutch components as necessary and reassemble using your manual for guidance. This should take care of the problem. I see you have changed your fuel filter and given a basic tune up so you should be good to go at that point (check compression and distributor timing) If timing belt has not been replaced around 60,000 then replace or you may end up on the side of the road. if any further questions let me know.

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