Hec.......Hobo's right, amp-meter don't tell you 'nuttin' about magic solid state electronic ignition. (its the way xstr ign is wired) Unfortunately, xstr ign either works or it don't and when it don't, its time to replace the $150 magic points. You doubt? Call Pertronix and complain. 4-nipple dizzy's don't like Pertronix modules. The module wiring don't like the cork water proofing gaskets. And sparkies don't like moisture inside the 4-nipple cap.
As fer using yer starter motor to move yer tractor outta the driveway, good thinking. Now yer starter drive is stuck in yer flywheel ring. Just loosen yer 2-LONG screws a little bitt and wobble yer starter motor and that should release the binding pressure. (remember to re-tighten) Using yer starter motor to move yer tractor should NOT burn yer starter motor up. (unless you ran it for 5-minutes) ........Dell, yer self-appointed sparkie-meister