The wiring diagram does show 2 green wires to the solenoid. I only have one at sol. and it comes out of harness....the one from +coil goes into main wiring harness thru firewall. Also 2 green wires at bottom of resistor into firewall..tan and wiper motor at top...Owned car since 74...came with 327..turbo 400 ..10 bolt. i added extra jumperwire on ignition switch for some reason long time ago.........engine is cranking and runs good now without green wire from harness connected.. Its not wired according to diagram but harness looks orig. Will this damage points etc.
It sounds like it is wired to go through the resistor and running on the reduced voltage, but is also cranking on the reduced voltage. If it is going through the resistor, it won't reduce the points life, but it may be hard to start at times if everything is not just right.
The purpose of bypassing the resistor during starting is because the battery voltage is already reduced by the current draw of the starter motor and after it goes through the resistor, the voltage to the coil can be as low as 5 or 6 volts while cranking.
To check the voltage at the + coil, momentairly ground the - coil terminal while monitering the voltage on the + coil with the key on and engine not running.