Really enjoying this thread!
First round with transaxle front suspension for me was out of necessity, as my driver side torsion bar had failed. Rusty car, and nothing (least of all torsion bars) came out without a fight.
Refreshed my newer Milano's front suspension this winter and it was a great experience. Torsion bars cam out (toward front) with three blows of a 4lb sledge on a 3/4" brass drift (after marking, of course). Bushings pressed out nicely, ball joints came out with a few whacks to the retaining stud.
Looking at your suspension and the lack of rust, I imagine it's going to be a pretty satisfying job. Extra points if you spray the LCAs and UCAs with some black satin Krylon for cosmetic purposes.
88 Milano Verde, 13 500 Abarth, 04 Used Maserati Coupe GT