Something doesn't seem right with your setup there. The points are designed to send a pulse to the switchgear, which in turn pulses the coil. This has two benefits; the low voltage to the points contacts make them last much longer, and the switchgear can provide a pulse to the coil that will result in a better spark at the plug.
It looks like there is arc pitting on the points, indicating a high voltage. Since the system has already been 'molested' you might want to go with a retrofit system. Pertronix and Crane/S&S are the only ones I'm familiar with, and the Crane/S&S one which I installed completely replaces the switchgear. They both have the advantage of replacing the points, so you never have to worry about them again.
You betcha! I think the hot from the ignition was wired right to the coil positive, and the green wire from the distributor points was on the negative side of the coil. So the current through the points was way higher than it is supposed to be, frying my new set basically instantly. Sucks I didn't notice the zip-tied wires hidden behind an incorrect washer fluid bottle earlier. Oh well. Maybe the new points aren't complete toast.
It seems that Hot Spark has the right setup for these 6-cylinder cars (and pertronix does not). I'm not sure about crane. Luna has documented what must be done for the hot-spark, and it sounds like a breeze. That's really what I should be doing... But you know I'm stubborn.
I have already checked to see that my distributor cam is about 15.5mm on the flat sides, and I have right hand points. It is tempting to spend the money on the hot-spark ($70) and coil (another $70?), but I've got to be careful what I spend on this. I should probably be more careful with my time I guess.
Got a wiring diagram. Will print and figure out.
Son of a gun. There's no switchgear shown in the wiring diagram and the PDF I pictured above with the switchgear pictures is the best thing I could find. I think I'm going with the wiring in the first picture. That is my switchgear part number. So...
I saw somewhere that someone posted that the wiring should be the same as the v8 107s or something like that. So screw it.
I think I'm back to just trying to figure out where those five wires belong.
Oh... Also, does it matter which side of the resistors I use for each connection? I assume the resistance would be the same in both directions and that it won't matter.