Thanks for all the ideas.
-- The lamps blow if they are 47s or 55s.
-- The Super Section lamps do not blow when tripped.
-- The lamp fuse does not blow.
-- The wiper fingers are correctly aligned on their rivets, and it is installed in the correct position.
Here is the reply I got from Jeff Lawton, similar to Otaku's response, which I think is correct. Am going to try this now and will report back.
"I suspect the 50 volt pulses to the step up coil are finding their way to the sockets of those three lamps. Probably a short on the unit. Lift the feed wire to the three sockets and put a test relay on the wire. Electrically cause the ABCD to advance. If the test relay pulses when the unit gets to the lighting position you will know there is a short on the unit. "