Trailer, Telephone Cable Splicer, 1/4 ton, Single Axle, K-38
During the 1930s through 1950s, specialized K-Series trailers of various weight capacity were fitted to carry utility poles and cable, or assist other work for the Army Signal Corps. The 1/4-ton jeep trailer adapted for cable splicing was designated "Trailer, Telephone Cable Splicer, 1/4 ton, K38" for Signal Corps Cable Splicers Tool Equipment TE-56. These trailers were manufactured in small numbers by at least four companies, including York Hoover Body Corp. and Highway Trailer Company.
The inside of the K-38 trailer, under a lid hinged on one side, was fitted with compartments to hold tools and parts used in the cable splicing work. A small shelf was provided at the trailer rear as a work space. A landing foot holds the trailer level when not hooked to a vehicle. The tire size is 4.00x18.
K-38 Telephone Cable Splicer Trailer Dimensions
The dimensions of the K-38 trailer, listed in TM 9-2800, are:
Trailer, 1/4-ton, 2-Wheel Telephone Cable Splicer, M367 (Signal corps Model K-38A)
When the jeeps of WW II were replaced by the M38 and M38A1 models, a new version of the K-38 trailer was needed to match the characteristics of the new jeeps. The 1/4-ton, 2-wheel cargo trailer M100 was equipped with telephone cable splicing tool boxes, creating a new trailer model first called the Signal corps Model K-38A. The designation was later changed to Trailer, 1/4-ton, 2-Wheel Telephone Cable Splicer M367.