If the engine is a F22B1 it will be mostly the same, but there are slight differences due to the '94/'95 being OBDI and the '96/'97 being OBDII. IIRC there are a few added sensors. AFAIK
the long blocks are the same. There have been several posts on the interchange of the 94/95 and 96/97 engine. Search is your friend.
As for engine removal, you will have to remove the transmission as well.
The engine uses 3 of the 4 mounts. Leaving the transmission with only a single mount, it is not possible to leave the transmission in alone without some how supporting it AT, and probably not possible at all with an MT due to the input shaft and clutch interface with the engine.
For ease of removal I would remove the transmission first. This will give you more room to work on the engine removal/install. Also remove as much as you can from the engine while it is in car. It will make removal of the flywheel/driveplate and engine harmonic damper much easier than if it were out on the ground.